Pia Juul Bjertrup
My PhD project with the working title, Family Caregiving and Bereavement in Burkina Faso, explores family caregiving in relation to severe and suspicious sickness and death in Burkina Faso. The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa demonstrated the importance of involving local communities in preventive and response activities and the need to learn from affected local communities. By studying family caregiving and bereavement, the project will generate insights into care responsibilities and tasks within families, interpretations of and care practices around severe, suspicious and potentially contagious sickness and death.
The PhD is affiliated with the research project EMERGING EPIDEMICS: Improving preparedness in Burkina Faso, which’s overall ambition is to identify key elements for a ‘smart foresighting system’ for early detection of infectious diseases in order to reduce the risk of new international pandemics. The research project is funded by Danida (grant number: 17-06-KU).
Supervisor: Helle Samuelsen
Read more about the Emerging Epidemics research project: https://anthropology.ku.dk/research/research-projects/current-projects/emerging-epidemics/