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Seeking Care for Pediatric Diarrheal Illness from Traditional Healers in Bamako, Mali


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Farag, T. H., Kotloff, K. L., Levine, M. M., Onwuchekwa, U., van Eijk, Anna, Doh, S. and Sow, S. O. (2013) 'Seeking Care for Pediatric Diarrheal Illness from Traditional Healers in Bamako, Mali'. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 89, Issue S1, pp. 21-28.

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Diarrhea is a leading cause of child mortality worldwide. Early recognition of symptoms and referral to medical treatment are essential. In 2007, we conducted a Healthcare Utilization and Attitudes Survey (HUAS) of 1,000 children randomly selected from a population census to define care-seeking patterns for diarrheal disease in Bamako, Mali, in preparation for the Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS). We found that 57% of caretakers sought care for their child's diarrheal illness from traditional healers, and 27% of caretakers sought care from the government health center (GHC). Weighted logistic regression showed that seeking care from a traditional healer was associated with more severe reported diarrheal disease, like decreased urination (odds ratio [OR] = 3.35, 95% confidence interval [95% CI] = 1.19–9.41) and mucus or pus in stool (OR = 4.42, 95% CI = 1.35–14.51), along with other indicators of perceived susceptibility. A locally designed traditional healer referral system was, therefore, created that emphasized more severe disease. This system may serve as a model for health systems in West Africa.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
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WS Pediatrics > Diseases of Children and Adolescents > By System > WS 312 Diarrheal disorders
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 11:38
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:08


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