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Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Developing interventions to raise rabies awareness in rural Tanzanian communities

In Africa, rabies is mostly transmitted by domestic dog bites. Human rabies is entirely preventable, and elimination through dog vaccination is feasible. However, rabies still kills thousands in rural communities, primarily because of limited awareness about effective disease prevention and control. This is especially important for children, who are the principal victims of rabies. Much attention has been placed on the need to increase rabies awareness in affected communities, particularly amongst children. However, there has been little focus on exploratory work aimed at designing optimal interventions to increase rabies awareness amongst children. The project conducting very detailed pre-intervention studies to (1) map community stakeholders, determine basic community information and logistics, and establish baseline information on the health and education services from government to local level; (2) estimate the scale of the dog bite and rabies problem in selected study villages against which impact can be measured; (3) determine current behaviour and practices, the reasons for them and which aspects have greatest scope for change; and (4) develop appropriate awareness messages and the means for delivering them. Through interactive processes involving school teachers or the whole community, and then designed two interventions, one targeted at raising awareness on rabies prevention and control in schooled youth, and the other targeted at out-of-school children, parents and key community representatives. Finally, we will measure the impact of the two interventions in terms of changes in practice as well as knowledge. This study will clarify which kind of intervention, delivered either at community- or school-level, is likely to be most feasible, acceptable and sustainable to raise rabies awareness amongst vulnerable groups of children.

Lead Scientists:

Lwitiko Elton Sikana

Sambo Maganga

Joel Changalucha

Kennedy Lushashi

Katie Hampson

Partners

University of Glasgow

Funders

Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) through UoG

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