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Ensuring the sustainability of DSS by making scientific results available to lay persons: case studies in Senegal and Burkina Faso

Nathalie Mondain, Université d'Ottawa
Pascal Arduin, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

The richness of the longitudinal data collected in DSS is increased by the growing number of additional studies conducted to provide more in depth insights in the dimensions they raise. However, an important issue relates to the sustainability of such systems which constrain people to repeatedly answer to similar questions. This may be aggravated by the fact that populations, often uneducated and poor, do not always see the benefits of these systems and thus may provide partial answers. DSS use sophisticated methods to control for inconsistencies, but more fundamentally, it appears crucial after decades of practice to get an insight on populations’ perceptions on the DSS activities and whether these make sense to them or not. Drawing from exploratory fieldworks conducted in different sites in Senegal and Burkina Faso, we examine populations’ perceptions and expectations regarding the DSS activities and look for ways to open for a more participatory approach.

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Presented in Session 68: Understanding health and population dynamics through longitudinal demographic surveillance systems