Dust Bunny

Dust Bunnies Workshop in Ghana: Outcomes Report

The co-design workshop run in Ghana in early February 2017 helped in establishing the research context, local challenge, research methodology and dissemination strategy for the Dust Bunny project. The key outcomes outlined below demonstrate several of the research activities and aspects this project now explores. For more details see the Dust Bunnies Workshop Report.

The key outcomes from the workshop suggested that dust is a health and infection issue, as it is a carrier for bacteria but also it can be used as a medium to monitor bacteria.

Given the scope of the indented research project and the resources available it was suggested to use vacuum cleaners as a medium of sampling dust in household which had one; and use other manual dust collection techniques in households with no access to a vacuum cleaner. A range of different cultural and common household hygiene practices exist. These are often affected and determined by the different houseful environments (urban versus rural) domestic dwellings (private versus communal) and different socio-economic scales (low, low-middle, middle, upper).

A range of benefits was identified for households participating in the study, including adoption of better hygiene practices, hygiene and health education, better health and health economic gains. A number of pathways to impact and dissemination effective and relevant to Ghana have been also identified.

Workshop on AMR and domestic hygiene practices in Ghana helps develop AHRC project

The co-design workshop run in Ghana in February 2017 helped in establishing the research context, local challenge, research methodology and dissemination strategy for a research bid targeting a relevant AHRC Call on AMR in Real World. This led to the successful development and funding of the Dust Bunny research project. The workshop also created a network of Ghanaian scientists and researchers interested in purposing further research in the AMR and health area.

The workshop was run by Lancaster University and held in Accra, Ghana at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research premises. It included several participants from across different areas of antimicrobial resistance, public health, environmental studies and sanitation.

Several of the areas explored during the workshop included:

  • The cultural and common hygiene practices across different household settings in rural and urban as well as a range of social scales in Ghana;
  • The most common bacterial diseases influenced by the home environment in Ghana;
  • The challenges of conducting research, accessing and recruiting household participants in Ghana and how to overcome them;
  • The benefits for household participants taking part in the study and how to enhance them;
  • The pathways to impact and best avenues for disseminating research findings in Ghana and West Africa.

Project Kick-Off

DustBunny has officially started with a project meeting held in early November. The research team is now in the processing of developing and pilot testing a survey on the hygiene practices in the home, which will be distributed to several households in Accra, Ghana.