Status: Recently completed
This mixed method study collected quantitative and qualitative data during one-to-one key informant interviews (conducted primarily over the phone and occasionally face-to-face with social distancing) with NTD stakeholders from Kaduna, Ekiti and Taraba states. Within each state, 57 purposively selected participants were selected from the level of the state, local government area, frontline health facility and community. There were varied response rates per state: 100% (57/57) in Taraba, 94.7% (54/57) in Kaduna, 93% (53/57) in Ekiti.
The quantitative results showed that:
Qualitative data from the three states corroborated the quantitative results and study participants indicated good knowledge of COVID-19 in terms of risks of transmission, clinical symptoms and preventive measures. The key challenges to MAM identified, particularly at community level, were misconceptions and myths about COVID-19, difficulties with reaching remote and marginalised populations and insufficient incentives for community directed distributors (CDDs).
What are the implications for policy and practice?
This is the first time that such research data has been collected to address NTD stakeholder preparedness in these states. While overall, the stakeholders reported to be ready to restart community treatment campaigns using adapted COVID-19 guidelines the findings from this study do call for improvements in the following areas: