From March 16th – April 2 a 10 member team from Greatest Goal Ministries will be traveling to Sierra Leone. One of the primary objectives will be a two week household survey of a 6 mile radius surrounding the new Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital in Lakka in conjunction with the local chief and council members.
The survey questions and development of the survey area were created by a MPH (Masters in Public Health) and a PHD research data methodologist. The purpose of the survey will be to identify positive and negative health impacts associated with drinking water and sanitation in the designated 6 mile area. This will allow for the development and recommendation of appropriate changes to improve the health and prevent disease in the community.
The area has been subdivided into 120 quadrants and these have been randomly placed in order. A 12 member team composed of USA team volunteers and local interpreters will begin canvassing the areas asking oral questions through person to person interviewing at the selected households. The survey has been kept small to allow for short answers to avoid reduced response rates. All questions are closed-ended, multiple choice, ordinal or interval.
A summary of the results of this survey will be reported as well as a more formal document. Once the results have been compiled the composting latrine concept will be introduced into the community where appropriate.
We are very excited about the information we receive from this survey and how we can then better assist and improve the lives of our new Lakka community.
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