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The effectiveness of student-run organizations within global health promotion initiatives


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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DOI: doi:10.1177/1757975914543577


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Africa, collaboration / partnerships, communicable disease, education (including health education), global health / globalization, health promotion, international student placements
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other 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)
ID Code:95705
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-10-07
Last Modified:2017-12-07

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