This two-pronged project aims 1) to understand factors associated with antimicrobial use in Cambodia’s general public and 2) to explore social networks in farming communities and their role in dissemination of health information.
Inappropriate antibiotic use is widespread in Cambodia with numerous sources for non-prescription access to antibiotics in both human and farming communities. To find out factors associated with antibiotic use, we conducted a household survey of the Cambodian general population about their knowledge, attitudes and practices. Additionally, to understand the pathways through which small-scale Cambodian farmers obtain animal health advice and access to antibiotics, we are mapping social networks within two farming communities to pinpoint key informant sources that are influential throughout the community. The data from this project can then be used to inform education campaigns and interventions in lower-resourced settings such as Cambodia.