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This study was conducted to help identify factors for improving compliance to the programme, linkage and retention to care. The objectives included providing information and recommendations to the project team in order to support their understanding of local culture, health care perceptions and mobility patterns of the local fishing population, helping the team to formulate adapted messages and medical strategies as well as providing reports and tools to the project team to improve medical activities.

This study was conducted by Paul Grohma on behalf of the MSF Vienna Evaluation Unit.
01/03/2017

This report provides an analysis of women’s sexual and reproductive health, their perception of and access to maternal health care services in Khost province, Afghanistan. MSF-OCB is focusing on women with direct obstetric complications to achieve a reduction in sexual and reproductive health related mortality and morbidity among the population of Khost province.

This study was conducted by Doris Burtscher on behalf of the MSF Vienna Evaluation Unit.
29/06/2016

Since Kyrgyzstan is one of the 27 high multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) burden countries listed by the WHO, MSF started a drug-resistant tuberculosis project in Kara Suu District in 2012. A qualitative study was undertaken to understand the perception of TB and DR-TB in order to improve the effectiveness and acceptance of the MSF intervention and to support advocacy strategies for an ambulatory model of care.

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This article was written by Doris Burtscher on behalf of the MSF Vienna Evaluation Unit.
02/06/2016

This report provides an analysis of the perception of adolescents in Kasese municipality regarding their sexual and reproductive health. The data speaks of the socio-cultural dimension of everyday life of adolescents and explains the basic necessity for not only adolescent-friendly healthcare services but also for an intervention that helps adolescents reflect on the consequences of their risky sexual behaviour by promoting responsible sexual behaviour and condom use.

Doris Burtscher
21/03/2016

This study analyses the composition of armed groups and their relationship to the local populations by taking processes of migration, marginalisation and state into consideration. Also, it elaborates on the multi-layered conflicts in the region, the changes related to the crisis, the influx of IDPs as well as the growing importance of religious identity.

by Paul Grohma
17/09/2015

This report provides an analysis of the perception of antibiotics and antibiotic use in a district hospital in Kabul. The major findings will help to answer the following questions: how do patients, caretakers, doctors and pharmacists perceive antibiotics and antibiotic use? What do they know about medication in general and antibiotics specifically? For which illnesses do they take them and how do they use them? How do they recognise access to health care? Why do they come to Ahmad Shah Baba hospital? How do they perceive this health care facility and how do they see health personnel and their performance? What is the antibiotic seeking behaviour like? Who and what influences a decision? And how is antibiotic resistance driven?

Doris Burtscher and Rafael van den Bergh
08/07/2015

The MSF heavy metal poisoning project in Zamfara state has faced persistent challenges specifically in Abare village. The main research question was if there are ´specific cultural reasons for the (…) challenges in Abare, and if yes, (how) can we address them in the coming year, in order to achieve better results (discharge from program as per protocol) for the children in the program?” 3 The three problems the anthropologist was asked to focus on: - Why do patients ´default´?

by Annemieke Bont
24/06/2015

Anthropological study of community-based perception of TB and DR-TB, Kara Suu, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Doris Burtscher
15/01/2015

Anthropological report and collection of scientific articles used in this report and recommended for further reading

Paul Grohma, Medical Anthropologist
15/12/2014

For the study of perceptions on antibiotics and antibiotic use by patients, prescribers and pharmacists in a district hospital in Afghanistan.

Maren Jeleff
01/09/2014

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