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Title:Social transition and health development in Dar-es-Salaam
Author:Cloutier, LuceISNI
Periodical:L'Afrique orientale
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:social change
rural areas
Abstract:Health is not only an expression of a biological nature but also a cultural construct with different expressions that vary between different social groups in different historical contexts. In the public health sector, priority is generally given to epidemiological transitions, but social transitions occurring in urban environments should also be taken into account. This article focuses on the context of social transition that influences the perception of health and illness by various groups in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. It first outlines perceptions of health and illness among different groups of Dar-es-Salaam residents, based on research carried out in 1995-1996. Then it describes the urban context of Dar-es-Salaam in 2001, highlighting characteristics of social transition such as population growth, problems of clean water, waste disposal and sanitation, increasing social differentiation, changing family structures and gender relations, corruption, financial problems, and changes in the health care system. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]