Filariasis in Northern Ghana : Some cultural beliefs and practices and their implications for disease control.
This article reports on how some endemic rural communities in northern Ghana perceive and manage lymphatic filariasis.
The disease was mainly attributed to supernatural and spiritual factors.
Except for a few instances of neglect, the community was generally caring towards people with the disease.
Issues related to marriage, stigma, concealment and leadership are discussed.
On the whole, the importance of social and cultural perceptions of a disease and its relevance to control cannot be over emphasized.
Mots-clés Pascal : Filariose, Nématodose, Helminthiase, Parasitose, Infection, Perception sociale, Comportement, Milieu rural, Homme, Croyance, Milieu culturel, Ghana, Afrique, Nord, Attitude, Lymphatique pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Filariosis, Nematode disease, Helminthiasis, Parasitosis, Infection, Social perception, Behavior, Rural environment, Human, Belief, Cultural environment, Ghana, Africa, North, Attitude, Lymphatic vessel disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0374825
Code Inist : 002B05E03B4D. Création : 10/04/1997.