Reducing the ‘Neglect’ in Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Review of the Debate surrounding the Effectiveness of Mass Deworming – A Case Study of Kenya –

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Reducing the ‘Neglect’ in Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Review of the Debate surrounding the Effectiveness of Mass Deworming – A Case Study of Kenya –
Author Brigitzer, Kim
Date 2016
English abstract
Neglected tropical diseases are parasitic and bacterial diseases mainly prevalent in developing countries affecting people living in poverty. The World Health Organization’s human rights-based approach emphasizes the “prevention, control, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases” through the use of preventative chemotherapy, such as the mass administration of deworming drugs to improve people’s health. This research paper will take a deeper look at how WHO has been communicating NTDs to make them less ‘neglected’ and how the NTD discourse has been shaping development organizations’ action. In addition, it aims to investigate how successful mass deworming has really been in terms of the recent debate. This study is using a combination of a discourse analysis and qualitative interviews in order to investigate how the NTD discourse and recent initiatives by international organizations have contributed to making NTDs less neglected. It deconstructs representations of the ‘Other’ – the superiority of the ‘West’ over the ‘Rest’ – in relation to the NTD discourse and its inherent power structures. Discourses are analyzed to identify power relations between governments, development organizations, pharmaceutical industries, and recipients of deworming drugs as part of Kenya’s 2013 deworming campaign. The results showed that the NTD discourse has helped raise awareness for NTDs. NTDs and their debilitating effect on populations have been better and more widely communicated, making them less ‘neglected’. WHO and other development organizations’ actions have contributed to making NTDs more visible and have given NTDs higher priority on the global health agenda. Findings from this research study revealed that the ongoing debate has not had a negative impact on international funding. More research and development of a vaccine against NTDs is needed to find more ways to tackle these devastating diseases.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 87
Language eng (iso)
Subject Kenya
Neglected tropical diseases
NTD discourse
mass deworming
soil-transmitted helminths
the ‘Other’
World Health Organization
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