#5931
Masunga
Member

I AGREE with the statement given above.
Stakeholders are very important in the whole process of implementing any research project whether research study or intervention; if they refuse and decide not to cooperate then it is obvious that the intervention would not be done. Stakeholders are the ones who have people (participants at their back) they know the culture of their people, they know their language, they know their interest, they know their geographic boundaries etc. Therefore, if they see that in a certain research project or intervention there is people’s interest and that the study is not against people’s culture then it is possible for them to allow the study to continue in their area, but if they see that the study is against their people’s culture then they won’t allow a study or intervention to take place in their area.

For example, Recently, in my country (Tanzania) there was an introduction of a new intervention which aimed at reducing more transmission of HIV/AIDS to men who have sex with men, in this intervention program there was a product which was being given to participants (Lubricants/ K-Y jelly) but from the ministry of health and the support of political leaders in different parts of the country, the intervention was stopped with a reason that it is not cultural to do sex among men themselves (MSM is not allowed in Tanzania) it is against the culture and the law.

Therefore, from the statement above it is true that (any) research should only go forward if all local stakeholders want the intervention in their area.