McDaniel, Abigail

Public Health

MHS

Cote d'Ivoire

Community-based qualitative research to improve water and sanitation programs with the International Rescue Committee in Cote D'Ivoire

Cte d'Ivoire's recent history has been marked by episodes of violence and political instability. The devastating public health impact of armed conflict has been well documented and is an area of growing concern within the international health community. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has played a vital role in providing immediate relief and long-term redevelopment assistance in Cte d'Ivoire through programs in areas such as health care, environmental health (EH), gender-based violence, economic recovery, and development. In preparation for expansion of its EH programs, the IRC has recognized the need to engage in qualitative research to evaluate and improve its existing EH programs. The proposed research will include training IRC staff in qualitative research, conducting Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRA) of IRC EH program villages, and engaging community members and representatives from local water and sanitation committees through in-depth interviews and focus groups. Results from this study, in the form of recommendations for future EH programmatic work by the IRC, will reflect the perspectives of the communities in which the IRC works and be used to more effectively tailor IRC programs to the needs of these communities.

People

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs
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