Helle Samuelsen is associate professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on medical anthropology and global health, with a special focus on health systems and the relationship between citizens and the state. Her research is based on more than 20 years engagement on the African continent, particularly in Burkina Faso. She is currently the principal investigator of a capacity-building project entitled ‘Emerging Epidemics: Improving Preparedness in Burkina Faso’ in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen; the University Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou; and Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé, Burkina Faso.
Lea Pare Toe obtained her PhD in anthropology from the University of Aix-en-Province, France, and works as a researcher at Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé in Burkina Faso. Her research focuses on perceptions of health and disease and the interactions between healthcare systems and communities. In addition, she is involved in several studies on community perceptions of malaria control tools, which have been shown to be efficacious in the laboratory, including in studies on genetically modified mosquitoes.