Research: Strategies to Increase Mass Drug Administration (MDA) Coverage Among Pastoralists

  • Client: Christian Blind Mission (CBM)
  • Location: Tonj South, Jur River, Kapoeta South, Terekeka – South Sudan
  • Performance Period: December 2021 to May 2022

Commissioned by the South Sudan National Ministry of Health’s Directorate of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), in partnership with the Christian Blind Mission (CBM), this research study aimed to formulate strategies for enhancing Mass Drug Administration (MDA) uptake among pastoralist communities in South Sudan. Conducted in 2021, the primary objective of this study was to generate data-driven insights that could inform the design and implementation of effective interventions targeting NTDs and MDA among these communities.

Methodologically, the study employed a cross-sectional and descriptive design, leveraging qualitative research methods to delve deeply into various factors affecting NTD and MDA uptake. These factors included migratory patterns, leadership structures, prevailing social norms, as well as socio-cultural barriers and motivators within pastoralist communities. Data collection encompassed a comprehensive suite of techniques, including In-depth Interviews (IDIs), Key Informant Interviews, and Focus Group Discussions. The study population consisted of a diverse array of stakeholders: pastoralist men, women, and youth, pastoralist and women leaders, Chiefs, religious figures, local governmental leaders, healthcare providers, and NGOs actively engaged with pastoralist groups.

The research was conducted across five counties in South Sudan—Jur River, Kapoeta South, Terekeka, Tonj South, and Yirol West—which were selected in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The study’s findings are intended to provide the Ministry and other key stakeholders with actionable insights for optimizing the reach and effectiveness of NTD and MDA initiatives among pastoralist communities.

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