Anthrologica - Anthropology of Global Health

UNICEF

Kenya, Nigeria, Niger

As part of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, Anthrologica completed a seven-month qualitative study of local barriers and solutions to care-seeking and treatment for childhood malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia in three high burden countries: Kenya, Nigeria and Niger. The research had three main objectives: to assess perceptions and experiences of childhood malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia and associated care-seeking and treatment (non-)uptake; to determine the barriers and challenges intended beneficiaries face in accessing treatment for malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia in children under five years; and to identify local solutions to overcome barriers that promote and facilitate more timely access to appropriate healthcare for these childhood illnesses. Qualitative and participatory methods were employed throughout, and a central component was the coproduction of knowledge with communities engaged in the research (including women, men, religious leaders, women’s groups and community based organisations). This facilitated locally-generated solutions being developed into action points for ongoing interventions at the sub-national level. The research was commissioned by the Heath Section of UNICEF headquarters in New York, and was intended to be translated into evidence-based policy and programming to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The project ran from March-September 2012.

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KENYA

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NIGERIA

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NIGER

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