We thank Hans Hogerzeil, Jonathan Quick, Richard Laing, Ane Haaland, Michael Tan, Pimpawun Boonmongkon, Luechai Sringernyuang, Harriet Birungi, Andrew Chetley, Trudie Gerrits, Kathy Holloway and Kath Hurst for their very valuable comments on earlier versions of this manual, and Lisa Greenough and Annelies Dijkstra for their administrative support. We are grateful to Sheila Davey for editing our text.
The chapters in this manual have been used as training modules in the Promoting Rational Drug Use in the Community courses. Since 2000 these courses have been coorganized annually by the University of Amsterdam, the Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands and the WHO Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy Department, together with various host institutions in developing countries. Feedback from participants has been of great value in improving the manual. We thank our colleagues at the Centre for Health Policy Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, and the Child Health and Development Centre at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, for their help in conducting the courses and evaluating the modules.
Chapters 5, on sampling, and 6, on analysis, are based on modules 30, 36 and 39 of the Applied Health Research Manual (Hardon et al. 20011). We thank the publisher, Ben van der Camp at Aksant, for permission to use parts of the modules for this manual.
1 Hardon A et al. 2001. Applied health research: anthropology of health and health care. Aksant, Amsterdam.
Finally, we wish to express our gratitude to the Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and the University of Amsterdam for their financial support, without which we would not have been able to write and publish this manual.