This resource contains anonymised interviews with community members in Chundu Ward, Hurungwe District, Zimbabwe, conducted to further our understanding of how the local community interacts with tsetse. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants in 2012 to 2013 to investigate livelihood strategies including hunting, livestock keeping and cultivation, and how they influenced the risk of contracting trypanosomiasis. Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) occurs sporadically within the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe and is transmitted by the tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans morsitans and Glossina pallidipes). African animal trypanosomiasis (AAT) is more prevalent and places significant constraints on livestock keeping. Approaches taken by local people to control or manage the disease were also investigated during the interviews.
This research was part of a wider research project, the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium (DDDAC) and these interviews contributed to this consortium.
The research was funded by NERC project no NE/J000701/1 with support from the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA).
Publication date: 2017-06-14
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After initial community meetings to identify tsetse affected areas, candidates for key informant interviews were selected on the basis of their knowledge of the subject. The interviewees included indigenous people, mainly Korekore, and migrants from other parts of the country who are settled in the study area. Initial contacts were made with these candidates in 2012. During these meetings informed consent was sought for interviews and the date for actual interviewing was agreed. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in person between 2012 and 2013 and recorded with prior consent. The interviews were conducted by experienced researchers from the University of Zimbabwe, assisted by a research assistant. The audio recordings were processed into text transcripts in Microsoft Word and stored securely at the University of Zimbabwe. To meet the requirements of the Environmental Information Data Centre the Microsoft Word document was anonymised and converted into Rich Text Format (rtf).