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THE REPRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE AROUND HIV SELF-TESTING THROUGH A SOCIAL NETWORK APPROACH

This is probably my last blog before the actual results are produced, so far we have managed to transcribe 40 interviews which will form the basis for the analysis of the data. As indicated in my last update, transcribing took a lot of time to complete since there was only one person assigned to do all the 40 interviews.

 

In my last update, I also indicated some of the challenges that we encountered during data collection. The challenges came in as we were unable to trace a good number of individuals who were referred to us for interviews especially those that attended the science cafe. This as you will discover in the final presentation has meant that we will present fewer number of links within those that were referred by those that attended the science cafe. But as for the other two starting points, the numbers are corresponding to the numbers that we had originally planned.  

 

Currently the analysis is underway, early indications from the data that we have worked on are promising; I am really hoping we will get exciting insights from this project. To be honest, what we are finding out from the data is not very different from what we expected to find however, analysis of social networks can be time consuming and need thorough scrutiny, this is what I intend to do with the help of Nicola Desmond and some of my colleagues who have extensive experience in such kind of work. (I would also like to make an appeal to all of you to support me through this process in any way you can especially those of you who have experience in social network analysis.)

 

I do not want to pre-empty the results but I am sure you will be part of the discussion on this project which will begin very soon I hope.

 

All in all I would like to once again thank the entire GHBN team for giving me this opportunity and Wellcome Trust Global Health Bioethics Network Bursaries Scheme for awarding the bursary to me so that I can carry-out this project.

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