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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 19, No. 2, 2019, pp. 2100-2111
Bioline Code: hs19094
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2019, pp. 2100-2111

 en Assessment of community knowledge, attitude, and stigma of Buruli ulcer disease in Southern Nigeria
Nwafor, Charles Chukwunalu; Meka, Anthony; Chukwu, Joseph Ngozi; Ekeke, Ngozi; Alphonsus, Chukwuka; Mbah, Obinna; Madichie, Nelson Okechukwu; Aduh, Ufuoma; Ogbeifo, Matthew; IseOluwa-Adelokiki, Bola Olubakin; Edochie, Joseph Ezebunafor; Ushaka, Joseph & Ukwaja, Kingsley Nnanna


Background: Poor knowledge can influence timely care-seeking among persons with Buruli ulcer disease (BUD).
Objectives: To assess community knowledge, attitude and stigma towards persons with BUD in endemic settings of Southern Nigeria.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey conducted among adult community members in four States of Southern Nigeria. A semi-structured interviewer-administered questionnaire was administered to all participants.
Results: Of 491 adults who completed the survey, 315 (64.2%) belonged to the ≤40 years age group, 257 (52.3%) were males and 415 (84.5%) had some formal education. The overall mean (SD) knowledge score was 5.5±2.3 (maximum 10). Only 172 (35.0%) of the participants had a good knowledge of BUD. A total of 327 (66.6%) considered BUD as a very serious illness. Also, there was a high-level of stigma against BUD patients; 372 (75.8%) of the participants felt compassion for and desire to help them, 77 (15.7%) felt compassion but tended to stay away from them, and 53 (10.8%) feared them because they may infect them with the disease. Having a formal education and ethnicity were independent predictors of good knowledge of BUD.
Conclusion: There is poor community knowledge of BUD in endemic settings of Southern Nigeria which influenced the attitude and perceptions of community members towards persons with BUD

Cite as: Nwafor CC, Meka A, Chukwu JN, Ekeke N, Alphonsus C, Mbah O, Madichie NO, Aduh U, Ogbeifo M, IseOluwa-Adelokiki BO, Edochie JE, Ushaka J, Ukwaja KN. Assessment of community knowledge, attitude, and stigma of Buruli ulcer disease in Southern Nigeria. Afri Health Sci.2019;19(2): 2100-2111.

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