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Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 96, Legon, Ghana





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Abstract Cerebrospinal meningitis CSM is one of the infectious diseases likely to be affected by climate change. Although there are a few studies on the climate change-CSM nexus, none has considered perceptions of community members. However, understanding public perception in relation to a phenomenon is very significant for the design of effective communication and mitigation strategies as well as coping and adaptation strategies. This paper uses focus group discussions FGDs to fill this knowledge lacuna. Results show that although a few elderly participants ascribed fatal causes disobedience to gods, ancestors, and evil spirits to CSM infections during FGDs, majority of participants rightly linked CSM infections to dry, very hot and dusty conditions experienced during the dry season. Finally, community members use a suite of adaptation options to curb future CSM epidemics. View Full-Text

Keywords: climate change; cerebrospinal meningitis; adaptation; meningitis belt; Ghana climate change; cerebrospinal meningitis; adaptation; meningitis belt; Ghana





Author: Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe * and Vivian Adams Nabie

Source: http://mdpi.com/



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