Experiences of a feasibility study of children with albinism in Zimbabwe: A discussion paper

Julie Taylor, P. Lund

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BACKGROUND: Feasibility studies are often a helpful prelude to constructing fundable research proposals. Where the intended research is in a foreign country, focuses on a vulnerable population, and is aggravated by political and pragmatic challenges, feasibility studies become essential. Albinism, a genetic condition of reduced melanin synthesis, is a major public health issue in southern Africa. Whilst much is known about the health needs of children with albinism, little is understood about how to address these effectively in low income countries. Further, the child care and protection needs of children with albinism are largely unexplored. Zimbabwe's current political and economic climate presents additional challenges to research on the topic. METHOD: The technical, economic, legal, collaborative, operational, schedule and political feasibilities (acronym TELCOSP) to undertaking a study on children with albinism in Zimbabwe were explored over a six week period of fieldwork in the country. RESULTS: Using the TELSCOSP framework allowed a deconstruction of each challenge to provide innovative solutions. The economic and legal feasibility aspects presented some difficulties that will require flexibility and perseverance to overcome. CONCLUSION: With the assistance of the local communities and people with albinism in Zimbabwe, the obstacles appear surmountable. The feasibility study provided a productive framework for addressing potential challenges in studying the needs of Zimbabwe's children living with albinism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1247-1256
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Albinism
  • Child care and protection
  • Eye problems in Zimbabwe
  • Feasibility study
  • Genetics
  • Skin problems in Zimbabwe


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