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Title:Socio-cultural factors that influence child survival in Nyang'oma sub-location, Bondo district
Author:Ouma, Jerusha AkothISNI
Periodical:Mila: a Journal of the Institute of African Studies
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
child mortality
popular beliefs
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Child health services
Luo (Kenyan and Tanzanian people)
Abstract:This paper examines sociocultural factors affecting child survival in Nyang'oma sublocation, Bondo district, Kenya. Specifically, the paper investigates how mothers' perceptions of common childhood diseases (malaria, measles and diarrhoea) and diseases associated with 'chira' (diseases related mostly to the transgression of principles governing sexuality and/or seniority) and the evil eye influence child survival in the district. The paper is based on data from group discussions, interviews, surveys, narratives and observation. It shows that practices associated with the cultural concept of 'chira' lower children's chances of survival through delayed treatment. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]