(Collaborators : Tamara Giles-Vernick, Abdoulaye Traoré, Sodiomon B. Sirima). Funded by the World Health Organization, 2010-11. The primary aim was to test the acceptability and feasibility of an intervention package for the community management of childhood malaria. The package includes rapid diagnostic testing, coartem and referral of serious cases to the nearest health care center; pre-treatment of serious cases has been analysed. For the qualitative part of this study, our primary interest was to investigate the changing ways that parents in southwestern Burkina Faso have understood the etiologies, treatment and control of local categories of illnesses that are related to “malaria” but not understood in precisely the same way. The aim of this research question was to tailor the use of the intervention package in such a way that it is meaningful to southwestern Burkinabe populations. Publication
1) T. Giles-Vernick, Abdoulaye Traoré, Sodiomon B. Sirima, Malaria, environmental change, and an historical epidemiology of childhood ‘cold fevers’: Popular interpretations from southwestern Burkina Faso,Health and Place 17(2011), 836-842. Abstract.