Experiences of people affected by rabies in eThekwini District [thesis]

Jeffrey Mduduzi Hadebe
Rabies is a notifiable disease which can be fatal; death is preventable if health care is sought timeously. South Africa is one of the countries in Africa adversely affected by rabies. KwaZulu-Natal has had rabies outbreaks in the past, including one in 2012 which claimed four victims in the eThekwini district. Aim of the study The aim of the study was to explore and describe the experiences of people affected by rabies in eThekwini district. Methodology The study was guided by a qualitative,
more » ... ploratory, descriptive design. The sample was purposively selected and a semi-structured interview was used to collect data from people affected by rabies in eThekwini district. Data saturation was reached after 12 participants were interviewed. Data was analysed by using Tesch's eight steps of thematic analysis. Findings Five major themes that emerged from the data analysis were a) family background and support, b) predisposing factors and risky practices, c) barriers to seeking assistance, d) knowledge about rabies and expectations from officials, and e) effect of rabies on the individuals. Conclusion It was evident in the study that community members in general were affected by rabies. Individuals who were directly affected by rabies through contact with rabid animals were expected to take responsibility for their own lives.
doi:10.51415/10321/3155 fatcat:xtxqqovfvvbjpgid3d3tnydnmu