A Word from the Director

Elaine Roman, TIPTOP Project Director
TIPTOP’s anthropological studies, led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), are contributing to the evidence base; specifically, the acceptability of community delivery of IPTp (C-IPTp).  Across our TIPTOP countries we are gaining a better understanding of the perceptions - women, ANC staff, traditional birth attendants, the community and the community health workers (CHWs) themselves hold toward C-IPTp.  These studies are also key to further understanding the barriers to ANC utilization and IPTp uptake.  I am delighted to be able to spotlight some of these learnings to date.  The findings below highlight the acceptability and impact of TIPTOP thus far, as evidenced through the excellent work of our research partners.
Voices from the Field
“The way they distribute it from house to house makes it a factor for people to accept it, their attitude to the pregnant women is another factor, and they are very friendly."
In-depth interview with a pregnant woman, Okporo, Ohaukwu, October 2019
Photo credit: Cristina Enguita
Results from the Field

Meet our TIPTOP team members

Estêvão Mucavele

Social Scientist, Mozambique
The thing that excites me most about TIPTOP is: I can find in TIPTOP the opportunity to contribute to research and generation of evidence that can be replicated and contribute on a large scale to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality caused by malaria.  

Hope N. Okabalama

Social Scientist, Nigeria
From my experience doing field research in TIPTOP countries I have: gained a better insight to challenges faced by pregnant women in hard-to-reach areas and the healthcare options available to them, including the factors that influence their healthcare choices and practices.  

Wade Lusengi

Social Scientist, DRC
Social sciences contribute to global health because: people conceive of their illness only through their social and personal experiences. In doing so, they create their own explanatory model of the causes, meaning, evolution, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment action and consequences of the disease each time they are ill.

Rasoamananjaranahary Benjamina Manohisoa Aimée

Social Scientist, Madagascar
From my experience doing field research in TIPTOP countries I have: been amazed by the Malagasy woman way of life in the communities, especially in their strength and courage. They are motivated to visit the Health Centers for ANC and to take the SP despite the difficulties they are experiencing.
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