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Needs, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance in remote Peruvian Amazon riverine communities

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dc.contributor.author Sanchez, Juan F.
dc.contributor.author Halsey, Eric S.
dc.contributor.author Bayer, Angela M.
dc.contributor.author Beltran, Martin
dc.contributor.author Razuri, Hugo R.
dc.contributor.author Velasquez, Daniel E.
dc.contributor.author Cama, Vitaliano A.
dc.contributor.author Graf, Paul C. F.
dc.contributor.author Quispe, Antonio M.
dc.contributor.author Maves, Ryan C.
dc.contributor.author Montgomery, Joel M.
dc.contributor.author Sanders, John W.
dc.contributor.author Lescano, Andres G.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-06T14:57:38Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-06T14:57:38Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/5476
dc.description.abstract Much debate exists regarding the need, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance. We conducted a cross-sectional study on 457 children under 5 years from four remote riverine communities in the Peruvian Amazon and collected anthropometric measures, blood samples (1-4 years), and stool samples. Focus groups and key informant interviews assessed perspectives regarding medical aid delivered by foreigners. The prevalence of stunting, anemia, and intestinal parasites was 20%, 37%, and 62%, respectively. Infection with multiple parasites, usually geohelminths, was detected in 41% of children. The prevalence of intestinal parasites both individual and polyparasitism increased with age. Participants from smaller communities less exposed to foreigners expressed lack of trust and fear of them. However, participants from all communities were positive about foreigners visiting to provide health support. Prevalent health needs such as parasitic infections and anemia may be addressed by short-term medical interventions. There is a perceived openness to and acceptability of medical assistance delivered by foreign personnel. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
dc.relation.ispartof urn:issn:0002-9637
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject Female en_US
dc.subject Humans en_US
dc.subject Male en_US
dc.subject Rivers en_US
dc.subject Child, Preschool en_US
dc.subject Infant en_US
dc.subject Peru/epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Age Factors en_US
dc.subject Patient Acceptance of Health Care en_US
dc.subject Coinfection en_US
dc.subject Health Status en_US
dc.subject Rural Population/statistics & numerical data en_US
dc.subject Health Services Needs and Demand en_US
dc.subject Medical Missions en_US
dc.subject Child Nutrition Disorders/epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic/epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Malaria/epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Parasitic Diseases/epidemiology en_US
dc.title Needs, acceptability, and value of humanitarian medical assistance in remote Peruvian Amazon riverine communities en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.14-0329
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.03.06 es_PE


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