Adélaïde Compaore

Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (CRUN), Burkina Faso

Research Fellow

Adélaïde Compaore joined the Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (CRUN), Burkina Faso as a research fellow in social science in 2010. Since then she has been actively involved in the implementation of research projects. Her first experience with the research started in a clinical trial funded by the NIH, assessing the risk of malaria prior to and during early pregnancy in nulliparous women receiving long-term weekly iron and folic acid supplementation. In this trial, her responsibilities were to conduct qualitative research on the acceptability of weekly iron supplementation. This allows her to produce under the supervision of Docteur Loretta Brabin, two papers: the first on the perception of iron supplementation published in maternal and child Health journal and the second on adolescent women adherence to weekly supplementation in the Reproductive Health Journal. Her second experience was in a community-based study, which is a FP7-funded multi-centric study. This study aimed at assessing the impact of Community Screening Scheduled Test in addition to the standard IPTp-SP as an alternative to IPTp-SP alone in the prevention of malaria in pregnancy. She was in charge of conducting field work of the anthropology work package in Burkina Faso and Benin. She published a paper in Malaria Journal in 2018 under the supervision of Koen Peeters, the head of the Medical Anthropology Unit, at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp. All these experiences have contributed to nurture her interest for the research. Therefore, the next step of her carrier development is to undertake soon a PhD programme. Entitled “Understanding antimicrobials use: A mixed methods research of rural communities in Burkina Faso”, this research seeks to understand the cultural and socioeconomic conditions that drive antibiotic use in rural Burkina Faso. The research is being supervised collaboratively by CRUN, ITM, and the AMRIWA Consortium (University of Helsinki).