Inadequate basic preventive health measures : survey of missionary children in sub-Saharan Africa.
To determine the prevalence of basic preventive health measures for missionary children of sub-Saharan Africa.
A retrospective survey of the immunization status, water and vegetable treatment, malaria prophylaxis and prevention, fluoride prophylaxis, immune globulin (human) prophylaxis, and preventive education was completed on 35 missionary children, aged 8 months to 17 years (7.3 year average), from several sub-Saharan African countries.
Immunizations were incomplete in 91% of the children.
Preventive measures were inappropriate for water treatment in 16%, cleaning of vegetables in 35%, malaria prophylaxis and prevention in 81%, fluoride prophylaxis in 84%, and immune globulin (human) prophylaxis in 94% of veteran children.
Blood type was unknown in 86% and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase status was unknown in all children.
Sixty seven percent of the children recently examined received no preventive education.
Missionary children of sub-Saharan Africa are not provided necessary preventive health services.
Physicians and agencies working with these children must provide appropriate preventive health guidance and services.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prévention, Enfant, Afrique subsaharienne, Médecine tropicale, Immigrant, Américain, Ethnie, Evaluation, Homme, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prevention, Child, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tropical medicine, Immigrant, American, Ethnic group, Evaluation, Human, Africa
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0334321
Code Inist : 002B30A03A. Création : 01/03/1996.