I have a passion for research into reproductive health issues and I'm driven by the need to search for answers to pressing solutions as affects reproductive health particularly female reproductive health.
Hi Eunice, thank you for your post. I think that maintaining health seeking behaviour in any community requires extensive study of the current pattern and gaps and development of appropriate measures, it was not the primary aim of my idea. However, to address this I would begin by regular community outreach. Not forgetting that health seeking behaviour (HSB) is governed by several factors. As you know, if a community is low on finance, or have poor road infrastructures, these may reduce the chances of consulting reproductive centres, regardless of how knowledgeable they are on the benefits of such services. With community outreaches, there should also be induction analyses to inform on the barriers to HSB in the respective communities, this can be achieved by teaming up with community health practitioners and researchers. I hope I have been able to address your concerns.
Hi Eunice, thank you for your comment and post. I am targeting the use of plants as affordable effective sources and these do not necessarily have to come from traditional healers. There are essential health checks and monitoring that can only be adequately received from reproductive health services and this cannot be undermined. My idea acts like a bridge bringing together the invaluable reproductive services and natural therapy. As part of my long-term plan, I intend to organize workshops and seminars for both reproductive health care practitioners and the rural dwellers (a bit like a town and gown symposium in some instances) where we can all be well informed of the need for and effective utilization of both sides of the coin. For your next question, after the laboratory testing and validation, I intend to go two ways: 1. prepare the plant in its crude form as natural supplements (this is easily achievable and affordable to the rural dwellers). 2. proceed to determine active constituents for further development and synthesis (this can serve to go beyond the rural setting for those who are uncomfortable with natural therapy and traditional medicines and for the larger society. It is after this, that the clinical trials can come in. Of course you know, that the first phase of clinical trial is actually the laboratory tests and optimizations which this initial step captures as well.