A mixed methods study to inform morbidity management disability prevention (MMDP) programmes in Uganda

Main objectives

  • To assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) relating to lymphatic filariasis (LF) morbidity and morbidity management (MMDP) in Uganda in order to plan large-scale interventions


The objectives for the study were to obtain baseline data on KAP regarding LF morbidity and its management; to establish current efforts in specific districts/regions to address morbidity and its management; and to assess the anticipated acceptance of interventions and identify potential barriers. The study used mixed methods including a quantitative household survey and qualitative key informant interviews and focus group discussions with people living with chronic conditions related to LF.

Our findings informed the following recommendations for MMDP policy and implementation in Uganda:

  • Localise service provision wherever possible, and train existing village health teams around MMDP for LF
  • Keep district planning teams informed with data about the burden of case management
  • Establish an awareness campaign to encourage simple self-care routines that can improve quality of life for people living with for LF-related conditions such as lymphoedema
  • Use the information in this study to tailor messaging campaigns about the treatment and management of LF and use these campaigns to combat the stigma associated with LF-related conditions


Read the research summary (pdf)
Uganda LF research summary – October 2020

Read the Ugandan Ministry of Health report (pdf)
KAP Uganda final report

Study details
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Main contact
Ruth Dixon
Research Adviser
  • Uganda Ministry of Health Vector Control Division
  • Anthrologica