Leprosy and disability control in the Guéra Prefecture of Chad, Africa : do women have access to leprosy control services ?
In a retrospective study, data from the Guéra Leprosy and Disability Control Project in Chad, covering the years from 1992 to 1996, were analysed in order to determine whether there was any indication that the quality of care provided to female leprosy sufferers is inferior to the care provided for male patients.
Data from a total of 741 patient registered for MDT, of whom 351 were newly diagnosed cases, are presented and discussed.
The data indicate that women have access to diagnosis and treatment and health education.
They do not present for treatment later than men, disability rates are lower and they have slightly higher treatment completion rates.
Both women and men benefit from footwear and loan programs.
More women than men are involved in patient self-help groups.
The study shows that in this part of central Chad. there is no evidence of disadvantage for women with leprosy in either diagnosis, treatment or follow-up, but more qualitative data is needed to confirm these findings.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lèpre, Mycobactériose, Bactériose, Infection, Accessibilité, Soin, Diagnostic, Traitement, Femelle, Mâle, Tchad, Afrique, Etude comparative, Homme, Peau pathologie, Système nerveux pathologie, Sexe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Leprosy, Mycobacterial infection, Bacteriosis, Infection, Accessibility, Care, Diagnosis, Treatment, Female, Male, Chad, Africa, Comparative study, Human, Skin disease, Nervous system diseases, Sex
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0517135
Code Inist : 002B05B02O. Création : 23/03/1999.