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dc.contributor.authorSoh, Li Tingen_US
dc.contributor.authorOng, Zoeen_US
dc.contributor.authorVasquez, Kathrynen_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Ireneen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, Xiaoxien_US
dc.contributor.authorNiah, Weixinen_US
dc.contributor.authorPanchapakesan, Chitraen_US
dc.contributor.authorSheldenkar, Anitaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSim, Shuzhenen_US
dc.contributor.authorNg, Lee Chingen_US
dc.contributor.authorLwin, May Ooen_US
dc.identifier.citationSoh, L. T., Ong, Z., Vasquez, K., Chen, I., Li, X., Niah, W., Panchapakesan, C., Sheldenkar, A., Sim, S., Ng, L. C. & Lwin, M. O. (2021). A household-based survey to understand factors influencing awareness, attitudes and knowledge towards Wolbachia-Aedes technology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22), 11997-.
dc.description.abstractIn 2016, Singapore introduced the release of male Wolbachia-Aedes mosquitoes to complement vector control efforts and suppress Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in selected study sites. With ongoing expansion of Project Wolbachia–Singapore to cover larger areas, a household-based survey was conducted between July 2019 to February 2020 in two Project Wolbachia study sites using a structured questionnaire, to evaluate current sentiments and assess the need for enhanced public messaging and engagement. The association of factors that influence awareness, attitudes, and knowledge towards the use of Wolbachia-Aedes technology was analysed using Pearson’s Chi-square test and binary logistic regression. Of 500 respondents, 74.8% were aware of Project Wolbachia– Singapore. Comparatively, the level of knowledge on Wolbachia-Aedes technology was lower, suggesting knowledge gaps that require enhanced communication and messaging to address misinformation. Longer exposure to the project predicted greater awareness, whereas higher education levels predicted higher knowledge levels. Younger age groups and higher education levels were associated with high acceptance towards the project. High levels of trust and acceptance towards the project were also observed across the population. The public’s positive perception of the project is a testament to the effective public communication undertaken to date and will facilitate programme expansion.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthen_US
dc.rights© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/).en_US
dc.subjectSocial sciences::Communicationen_US
dc.titleA household-based survey to understand factors influencing awareness, attitudes and knowledge towards Wolbachia-Aedes technologyen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolWee Kim Wee School of Communication and Informationen_US
dc.contributor.schoolInterdisciplinary Graduate School (IGS)en_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Biological Sciencesen_US
dc.description.versionPublished versionen_US
dc.subject.keywordsHousehold Surveyen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementThis work was supported by National Environment Agency’s Climate Resilience Study Fund, acting through its Environmental Health Institute.en_US
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