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Gender, Behavior, and Health: Schistosomiasis Transmission and Control in Rural Egypt

Samiha El Katsha and Susan Watts

Abstract

An estimated 200 million people in the world suffer from schistosomiasis (bilharzia), and according to the World Health Organization it ranks second behind malaria in terms of socioeconomic and public health importance in tropical and subtropical areas. The disease was present in Egypt in the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 BCE), and in 1998 it was estimated that almost six million Egyptians— one fifth of the rural population— were infected. Thus it remains one of the most serious public health problems in rural Egypt. This study paints a broad picture of schistosomiasis in rural Egypt. The research in t ... More

Keywords: schistosomiasis, biharzia, public health, Egypt, rural population, rural Egypt, Nile Delta, behavioral disease, human behavior, water

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9789774247286
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samiha El Katsha, author

Susan Watts, author