Reviewed by Raffaella Ravinetto                    

This paper presents a case study, conducted in a traditional African setting, on community engagement in global health research. Its findings suggest that specific preexisting features of the community have greatly facilitated community engagement, and that using traditional community engagement mechanisms limits the social disruption associated with research conducted by outsiders, while facilitating the acceptance of the outsider research. It is also underlined that “even in seemingly ideal, small, and homogeneous communities, cultural issues exist, such as gender inequities, that may not be effectively addressed by traditional practices alone”.


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