Byron, Y and West, H and Wood, B and Murray, L and Cooling, N, The effectiveness of student-run organizations within global health promotion initiatives, Global Health Promotion, 22, (3) pp. 55-58. ISSN 1757-9759 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Introduction: This commentary describes a student-led project that distributed long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in Masaka, Uganda. The role of student-led initiatives in global health promotion projects is also discussed.
Methods: A survey of 213 net recipients was conducted after a 12-month period to evaluate malaria prevention knowledge, and net use and maintenance.
Results: Only 4.7% of recipients could not recall any malaria prevention methods. Seventy percent of pregnant women and 86.5% of children under five slept under a net the previous night. Only two households (0.9%) no longer possessed a net, and nets were not used in 2.3% of houses. Household observation revealed 17.4% of nets had at least one problem that would compromise effectiveness.
Conclusions: Student-led projects can play an important role in effectively preventing malaria. However coordination with existing programs, targeting hard-to-access groups, and training of students overcomes some common limitations of such student-led initiatives.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Africa, collaboration / partnerships, communicable disease, education (including health education), global health / globalization, health promotion, international student placements|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Health Promotion|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Other Education and Training|
|Objective Field:||Education and Training not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Byron, Y (Dr Yoni Byron)|
|UTAS Author:||West, H (Mr Henry West)|
|UTAS Author:||Murray, L (Dr Linda Murray)|
|UTAS Author:||Cooling, N (Dr Nick Cooling)|
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