Engaging with communities can help tackle poverty linked health problems

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Communities can provide health authorities with essential information on how people perceive and experience health and risks, and how people engage with health systems in their areas. They can explain why people fail to use antiretrovirals despite their availability, or why domestic violence remains unreported.

More generally, asking communities about their health problems can help explain how social situations shape exposure to risk, which in turn determines health. This is information that is not available from sources such as a country’s vital registration system, which records births and deaths.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2016

Bibliographical note

Lucia D'Ambruoso receives funding from DFID/MRC/Wellcome Trust/ESRC Health Systems Research Initiative (MR/N005597/1) and is affiliated to the Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, which is supported by FORTE: Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (grant No. 2006–1512). The Agincourt HDSS is supported by the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South African Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, UK (Grants 058893/Z/99/A; 069683/Z/02/Z; 085477/Z/08/Z; 085477/B/08/Z)


  • Domestic violence
  • Antiretroviral drugs
  • Transactional sex
  • South African health
  • vulnerable populations
  • Mpumalanga


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