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Community awareness and perceptions of health sector preparedness and response to Cyclone Nargis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22299485     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Community awareness, preparedness and response to public health emergencies are essential for a successful response to public health emergencies. This study was carried out to determine community awareness and perceptions regarding health sector preparedness and response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. Six focus group discussions were carried out in 3 villages severely affected by Cyclone Nargis. Thematic content analysis was carried out to determine community perceptions. Focus group participants, consisting of community members, community leaders and government personnel, were aware of the cyclone, but were unaware of its intensity and where it would make landfall. There was inadequate knowledge on how to prepare for a cyclone. There was some training on cyclone preparation but coverage was not wide enough. Participants received service and relief from health sector; they had a positive attitude toward health services provided to them. However, 5 out of 6 focus groups stated most villagers were not interested in health education. Only a few participants had some knowledge on how to prepare for a cyclone. Based on these results, there are evident weaknesses on how to prepare for cyclones. Community preparedness is essential to prevent disasters with cyclones, such as with Cyclone Nargis.
Authors:
N W Myint; J Kaewkungwal; P Singhasivanon; K Chaisiri; P Ponpet; P Siriwan; A K Mallik; K W Thet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0125-1562     ISO Abbreviation:  Southeast Asian J. Trop. Med. Public Health     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0266303     Medline TA:  Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health     Country:  Thailand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1014-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Medical Care Division, Department of Health, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Thailand. drnwmyint@gmail.com
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