Socio-cultural insights and lymphatic filariasis control - lessons from the pacific

Wynd, Shona, Durrheim, David N., Carron, Jaime, Selve, Billy, Chaine, J.P., Leggat, Peter A., and Melrose, Wayne (2007) Socio-cultural insights and lymphatic filariasis control - lessons from the pacific. Filaria Journal, 6 (3). pp. 1-4.

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Background Sustainable and equitable health programmes require a grounded understanding of the context in which they are being implemented. This socio-cultural understanding is pivotal for effective delivery of elimination programmes. Standardised valid methods are needed for gathering authentic socio-cultural insights. The currently recommended protocol for collecting Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) related socio-cultural data, while moving in the right direction, is inadequate. To collect data which provides an understanding of local health beliefs and practices, and communities' understanding of LF, techniques must be developed that are both valid and time efficient. An approach developed in the Pacific provides a basic snapshot of socio-cultural insights which are crucial to the development of relevant and sustainable health education and elimination programmes.

Summary The increasing interest in socio-cultural LF research presents a unique opportunity for coupling socio-cultural and bio-medical understandings of LF. To address the backlog in the socio-cultural sphere will require investment of time and effort to integrate valid qualitative approaches into current data collection methodologies.

Item ID: 2280
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1475-2883
Keywords: lymphatic filariasis; control; pacific; socio-cultural
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