The presentation will focus on ways in which medical anthropological research is integrated in malaria elimination strategies, especially in vector control in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Gambia. One of the main challenges outlined is the tension between universalist interventions and local socio-cultural diversity and how to account for this variability.
Prof. Koen Peeters is tenure-track professor and heads the Unit of Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. Prof Peeters is also a senior lecturer at the Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health. He holds a PhD in social and cultural anthropology and has conducted extensive research on sociocultural factors related to infectious disease transmission dynamics, perceptions on health and illness, and their impact on the effectiveness of prevention, control and elimination strategies.
His professional experience is characterised by high international mobility and extensive field research in low-income countries, including West Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.