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Research Report 2016: Socio-cultural determinants for the adoption of essential family practices in Madagascar
Summary of the research report
In 2015, researchers from Ohio University (U.S.A.), the University of the Witwatersrand (South
Africa), the University of Antananarivo and the Madagascar National Institute for Statistics, with
financial support from UNICEF, conducted a major baseline study in three regions—Atsimo
Andrefana and Anosy in the south, and Analanjirofo on the east coast.
The study focused on knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices in five sectors--nutrition, health, education, child protection and water/sanitation/hygiene (WASH). This was a mixed-methods study, with quantitative surveys of 3,240 households generating the bulk of the data, and field research conducted in eleven communities with interviews, focus group discussions, transect walks and community mapping. The study is intended to provide an evidence base for programme interventions by international development agencies, the government of Madagascar and NGOs, providing an understanding of barriers and motivators, including beliefs and cultural practices, key influencers and communication networks.
The report indicates that while there are opportunities for communication for development (C4D) to help achieve programme objectives, there are also limitations due to bottlenecks related to supply and service delivery, which communication alone cannot address
This report is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Users can copy, redistribute and adapt the report in any medium or format, with credit to the authors: Mould, D., Carlson, A., Christofides, N. and Greiner, K. (2016). Socio-cultural determinants for the adoption of essential family practices in Madagascar. Athens, Ohio: The Institute for the African Child.