The role of risk perception in reducing cholera vulnerability

Williams, Lorraine, Collins, Andrew, Bauaze, Alberto and Edgeworth, Ross (2010) The role of risk perception in reducing cholera vulnerability. Risk Management, 12. pp. 163-184. ISSN 1460-3799

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/rm.2010.1

Abstract

This article highlights multiple aspects of risk perception in relation to cholera control and infectious disease risk reduction in Beira, Mozambique. Findings suggest that risk perceptions vary over time and are interpreted on the basis of visible contamination, cognition and context. Risk perceptions influence the efficacy of risk reduction strategies. Although risk is viewed as a communal problem, notions of individual, community and institutional responsibilities structure the perceptions and attitudes to local hygiene and infectious disease reduction strategies. Perceived risk variously acts as a motivator in the adoption of risk management approaches. However, a lack of infectious disease interventions by other community members and local institutions devalues individual motivation to combat risk of cholera. Community involvement in addressing vulnerability to disease requires knowledge of multiple influences on risk perceptions and governance contexts that facilitate collective control and responsibility.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1458

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