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Local People's Understanding of Schistosomiasis

Samiha El Katsha

in Gender, Behavior, and Health

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9789774247286
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.003.0010
Local People's Understanding of Schistosomiasis

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Most people in al-Garda and al-Salamuniya knew that they could be diagnosed and treated for schistosomiasis. Others assumed it must be “dangerous” because so much attention was given to it on TV. Women in some rural areas in Egypt viewed reproductive tract conditions such as vaginal discharge and even uterine prolapsed as “normal” occurrences that did not require medical attention. Ismailia people knew, from TV and other sources, that testing and treatment was available at primary health care facilities, but these were often distant from the small, scattered settlements in which most people lived. Indeed, schistosomiasis control was the on-going biomedical intervention that was most familiar to all rural Egyptians.

Keywords: al-Garda; al-Salamuniya; Ismailia; reproductive tract conditions; testing

Chapter.  4009 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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