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Gender, Behavior, and HealthSchistosomiasis Transmission and Control in Rural Egypt$
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Samiha El Katsha and Susan Watts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9789774247286

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774247286.001.0001

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Local People's Understanding of Schistosomiasis

Local People's Understanding of Schistosomiasis

(p.136) 10 Local People's Understanding of Schistosomiasis
Gender, Behavior, and Health

Samiha El Katsha

American University in Cairo Press

Most people in al-Garda and al-Salamuniya knew that they could be diagnosed and treated for schistosomiasis. Others assumed it must be “dangerous” because so much attention was given to it on TV. Women in some rural areas in Egypt viewed reproductive tract conditions such as vaginal discharge and even uterine prolapsed as “normal” occurrences that did not require medical attention. Ismailia people knew, from TV and other sources, that testing and treatment was available at primary health care facilities, but these were often distant from the small, scattered settlements in which most people lived. Indeed, schistosomiasis control was the on-going biomedical intervention that was most familiar to all rural Egyptians.

Keywords:   al-Garda, al-Salamuniya, Ismailia, reproductive tract conditions, testing

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