Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Introducing zinc in a diarrhoeal control programme

Guide to conducting formative research

WHO, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, International Clinical Epidemiology Network

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Number of pages: 72
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789241596473



This guide shows how to conduct formative research in the context of introducing zinc in a diarrhoeal disease control programme. The research methods on which the present guide is based were largely developed during fieldwork in The Philippines by the three authors -- social scientists with considerable research experience in diarrhoeal disease and pharmaceutical practice. The guide is designed for use by teams with little expertise in social science.

We hope that this guide will be useful for those planning zinc intervention trials, as well as for those planning on introducing zinc or other supplements or medicines, in clinical or community settings. Many of the research steps we outline would be applicable to other pilot interventions.