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Title:The relationship between collective action and serious illness in western Kenya
Authors:Njuguna, Jane K.
Muriuki, Andrew M.
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1727-9445)
Geographic term:Kenya
External link:https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2015.1112295
Abstract:By 2012 HIV had infected about 1.6 million Kenyans and an estimated 58 000 had died due to HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS rates in western Kenya are disproportionately high compared to the rate in Kenya as a whole. This study aimed to assess gender differences in participation in collective action in households affected by serious illness (e.g., HIV/ AIDS, TB) in western Kenya. The authors expected serious illnesses would reduce collective action due to a reduction in the number of adults and their ability to care for themselves and others. They used data from a mixed-methods study that used multiple-case embedded-case studies for rural households in western Kenya. The study investigated the relationship between collective action and households affected by serious illnesses. Household health was assessed from information about seriously ill members in 120 households. This information was compared with data about collective action activities and demographic data. Nearly half (48%) the households reported serious illness. More than 1 in 4 (28%) had HIV/AIDS, TB or AIDS-associated illnesses. Women engaged in a moderate level of participation in collective action groups and were statistically more likely to report serious household illness (OR=8.08, 95% CI 2.89, 22.56). Men, who were moderately (OR=3.24, 95% CI 1.27, 8.25) or highly involved in collective action groups (OR=15.43, 95% CI 1.30, 183.06), were statistically more likely to report serious household illness. Collective action groups may help households cope with illness and should be encouraged in communities hard hit with serious illness. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]