Herbert Gilles'study of disease and environment at Akufo in Nigeria around 1960 was an early example of an integrated and detailed approach to understanding the health of a small group of people.
Subsequent studies on a larger scale have focused on particular diseases or on the provision of medical care.
The primary-health-care movement has tended in practice to neglect the material environment.
Medical anthropological work has returned to detailed studies of processes in small communities.
There is a need to return to looking at the overall health and disease pattern of small communities, together with their environment and human behaviour, to get a coherent understanding.
The formulation of interventions appropriate to this understanding will be more difficult.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin santé primaire, Nigéria, Afrique, projet Akufo
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Primary health care, Nigeria, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0537170
Code Inist : 002B30A03A. Création : 24/03/1998.