Medical Anthropological Study on Infectious Diseases amongst the BaAka in Central African Republic

A Research project by FUTUREPROOF-IDEAS
February 2021

Factors determining the recurrence of infectious diseases amongst the BaAka in the Protected Areas of Dzanga-Sangha in CAR
Commissioned by WWF CAR and WWF Germany

This study examined the reasons why infectious diseases (such as tuberculosis and leprosy) remain prevalent among BaAka indigenous communities in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (APDS) in the Central African Republic, and identified the different factors that lead to low use of health services by the BaAka. The study combined a literature review, three quantitative surveys, interviews with key informants (health providers and BaAka community leaders), and group discussions with BaAka men and women. The majority of the data collection was undertaken by 12 local investigators, who attended a 5-day training course on the study methodology.

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