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Healthcare seeking practices and barriers to accessing under-five child health services in urban slums in Malawi: a qualitative study

  • Edgar Arnold Lungu1Email author,
  • Regien Biesma2,
  • Maureen Chirwa3 and
  • Catherine Darker4
BMC Health Services ResearchBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:410

Received: 22 May 2016

Accepted: 16 August 2016

Published: 19 August 2016

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16 Aug 2016 Editorially accepted
19 Aug 2016 Article published 10.1186/s12913-016-1678-x

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Planning and Policy Development, Ministry of Health, Lilongwe, Malawi
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2, Ireland
Prime Health Services and Consultancy, Lilongwe, Malawi
Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24, Ireland