Interfacing anthropology with epidemiology to extend understanding of caring for sick children in rural North Central Nigeria
Ola, Bolanle (2010) Interfacing anthropology with epidemiology to extend understanding of caring for sick children in rural North Central Nigeria. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis addresses how mothers and caregivers take care of sick children in rural
north central Nigeria combining secondary analysis of the Nigerian Demographic
Health Survey (NDHS) and ethnographic fieldwork in a village in a rural area.
Theoretically, the thesis draws on concepts from epidemiology and anthropology in
order to analyze and extend understanding of plural health seeking behaviour in a
socially disadvantaged setting
Methods: Rapid ethnographic assessment of mothers and caregivers in rural village in
north central Nigeria was carried out using focus group discussions, household
interviews and non participant observation over eight months.
Findings: The NDHS analysis showed a social gradient generated by different level
exposure to socially patterned risk and protective factors overtime in relation to illness,
nutrition and living conditions. These mothers and caregivers were constrained by
materialistic and neo materialistic factors shaping their circumstances within their daily
lives and within Nigerian society – an example of structural violence. They express
human agency in their decisions concerning caring for their children in a way that is
shaped by cultural behavioural understandings of social and medical diagnostics of
health and illness which is manifested in plural health seeking behaviour.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Sick children -- Nigeria, Medical care -- Nigeria, Mothers -- Nigeria, Caregivers -- Nigeria|
|Official Date:||November 2010|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||School of Health and Social Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Lewando Hundt, Gillian ; Spencer, Nick, 1943-|
|Extent:||xiii, 370 leaves : ill., maps|
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