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Medical and applied anthropology: some examples

Overview of research on AIDS and Buruli ulcer
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Micah Boyer

on 18 April 2015

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Medical and applied anthropology: some examples
West Africa
Bénin
Savalou
Ouémé River
Ghana
Cameroon
Research sites
The Optimus Project
Buruli Ulcer
Bankim
Tohoue
The message is not getting acrosss.
How are people evaluating these messages?
What impact does informal communication have on behavior?
How can we design more effective health campaigns?
What is Buruli ulcer?
How do you get it?
How do you treat it?
Nodule
Plaque
Edema
Ulcer
No one knows!
50% of all cases are children 4-15.
90% of ulcers form on limbs.
Swab for detection
Antibiotic therapy
Consequences of non-compliance can be severe
What can an anthropologist do?
Why do some people delay treatment?
Why do some people seek treatment right away?
Treatment is free; do people know that?
How much does free treatment cost?
What role do traditional healers play?
What are the routes of transmission?
Are outreach systems effective at detecting cases early?
Are outreach systems effective at convincing possible cases to seek treatment?
And on and on....
Notice that a lot of medical anthropology is not about changing patient behavior, but in showing medical personnel the value of social science input.
STOP BURULI
Stage I
Stage II
Stage III
LEARN
TRIAL INTERVENTIONS
EVALUATION
Delay
Healers
Early treatment
Hospital staff motivation
Cost to household
Beliefs
What works?
What's feasible?
What's sustainable?
Ongoing- and very
different for each country
Micah Boyer
Oakland University

Thanks!
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