A study to determine some socio-cultural factors influencing knowledge and attitudes of the community toward leprosy was carried out in north-western Botswana, where cases of leprosy have been known to exist over the years.
The study was largely qualitative, using ethnographic approaches.
The research was tailored in a way to capture the ethnic diversity of the region, in particular two ethnic groups, namely Bayei and Bambukushu.
The name or symptom complex associated with leprosy was « ngara » or « lepero » and this was associated with bad blood.
Knowledge on disease causation was lacking, which in turn influenced health seeking behaviour of patients.
Patients were well integrated and accepted into the social structure of communities.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lèpre, Mycobactériose, Bactériose, Infection, Connaissance, Attitude, Statut socioéconomique, Milieu culturel, Homme, Demande thérapeutique, Botswana, Afrique, Nord ouest, Ethnie, Education sanitaire, Peau pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Leprosy, Mycobacterial infection, Bacteriosis, Infection, Knowledge, Attitude, Socioeconomic status, Cultural environment, Human, Therapeutical request, Botswana, Africa, Northwest, Ethnic group, Health education, Skin disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0477188
Code Inist : 002B05B02L1. Création : 199501.