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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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Schistosomiasis in the Village Setting

Schistosomiasis in the Village Setting

(p.79) 7 Schistosomiasis in the Village Setting
Gender, Behavior, and Health

Samiha El Katsha

American University in Cairo Press

Nile Delta village communities are differentiated from the urban center which is the headquarters of the district (markas), as well as from small hamlets ('izab, sing, 'izba). The narrow alleys that serve as thorough fares are lined with one- and two-story houses in the heart of both communities, and these are made of mud brick which is often plastered and lime-washed. These old-style houses are built around a hosh or courtyard, which is entered through a double door from the street. Local government primary health care facilities in many Egyptian villages provide diagnosis and treatment for schistosomiasis. Canals and drains flow through the built-up areas in al-Garda and al-Salamuniya (as in many other Egyptian villages). These provide many sites for young girls and women to use for domestic activities, as this chapter illustrates.

Keywords:   urban centre, Delta villages, markas, mud brick, al-Garda, al-Salamuniya

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