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Using participatory research techniques to investigate local notions of malaria in a Nigerian community:

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Through a study of local knowledge of malaria among the Ngwa of south-eastern Nigeria, useful insights are emerging about the critical implications of the conduct and behaviour of fieldworkers with regards to the quality of information and data gathered in a participatory study. This article describes some of these insights and comes to the conclusion that practitioners of participatory research methods must conduct themselves in culturally responsive ways if they are to successfully generate information and also grasp where and how the information fits into the entire process of sustainable development.

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