The Design of an Integrative Health Model for Leishmaniasis

Project: PhD

Project Details


Research has shown that with the emerging threat of leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease, in the Surinamese Amazon, there is a need for novel diagnostics and treatments to control this disease, including research for less toxic- and painful medicine. Furthermore, there is a need to conduct in-depth research into factors that influence health-seeking behavior, self-treatment and patient-needs that influence the choice of treatment for leishmaniasis. This is why existing traditional- or integrative healthcare models for leishmaniasis have been gaining attention by both local healthcare providers and various researchers as those have the potential to evolve to more accessible diagnosis- and treatment options. Ultimately, the current conventional healthcare system is not sufficient in meeting the needs of tribal indigenous populations, leading them to potentially harmful health-seeking behavior and self-treatment options. However, there are traditional- and integrative health models that are available within these populations, but have yet to be researched and recorded. Therefore, this research aims to identify points of action that could be taken within the conventional health care model in order to design a healthcare model that integrates both traditional and conventional healthcare to fit the needs of the tribal indigenous populations. By designing an integrative health model, this research aims to identify and evaluate points of action to be taken in order to observe improvements in the health system, for diagnosis and treatment of leishmaniasis over time by using the Action Scales Model. In addition, while conducting this study, insights and experiences will be collected by applying focus groups “krutu’s” as a methodology for achieving Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for research among this population.
Effective start/end date1/06/23 → …


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