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Does behaviour impact the vulnerability of the Philippines community to Dengue incidence? : The Epidemic Risk and Priority Project

Meijerink, Carla (2018) Does behaviour impact the vulnerability of the Philippines community to Dengue incidence? : The Epidemic Risk and Priority Project.

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Abstract:Infectious diseases pose a threat to the human population. Being prepared for the spread of infectious diseases can reduce the mortality rate. Early detection is an important factor regarding preparedness. The Netherland Red Cross (NLRC) and 510.Global aim to identifie epidemic risk at an early in the EPI project. This master thesis contributes to the EPI project by focussing on the behavioural aspects that can indicate risk with the case study; dengue incidence in the Philippines. The goal is to visualize the distribution of risk on a map. In being able to do this a theoretical framework is build based on a literature study. Based on literature the components Self-Perceived Health, Healthcare Seeking Behaviour, Prevention and Trust were used to operationalize “behaviour” in the EPI framework. Indicators from open source surveys were used to provide valid input. The regression coefficients were calculated with these indicators based on a Poisson regression. The regression indicates that behaviour influences dengue incidence with a β_i=6.8519 and P=0.5490. Even though, the model is a good fit with R^2=0.91, conclusion should be drawn with caution because of the P-value. Concluding, this thesis is a proof on concept that behaviour can indicate risk for dengue incidence.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
The Netherlands Red Cross, Den Haag, Nederland
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 73 cultural anthropology
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75062
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