Variable ML1 : Child ill with fever in last 2 weeks
Valid case(s): 6299
Children aged 0-4
Source of information
The mother or caretaker of the child aged 0-4.
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
In the last two weeks, that is, since (day of the week) of the week before last, has (name) been ill with a fever?
Most children living in areas with malaria experience their first malaria infections during the first year or two of life, when they have not yet acquired adequate clinical immunity. In these young children, the disease can progress rapidly to severe malaria and death. About 90 per cent of deaths due to malaria are among children under 5 years of age. The World Health Organization recommends that all children under age five be presumptively treated with antimalarial medication within 24 hours of the onset of fever to prevent severe malaria and death. --- Fever is a symptom of malaria, and in areas where malaria is prevalent, mothers are advised to take action to treat for malaria as soon as fever begins. When asking this question, insert the name of the day of the interview. For example, if the interview is taking place on a Tuesday, ask: "IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THAT IS, SINCE TUESDAY OF THE WEEK BEFORE LAST, HAS (name) BEEN ILL WITH A FEVER?" Circle the code corresponding to the answer given. Circle the code corresponding to 'Yes' only if the child has been ill with a fever at any time in the 2 weeks prior to the date of the interview. If the child has not been ill with a fever or the respondent doesn't know, skip to ML10.