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Fight the fight

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Summary
Malnutrition in children is a common problem in the Gushegu district of Ghana. Many children suffer from malnutrition and some of them die because they do not receive the right help or get this help too late. This research has been commissioned by Project Share. It investigates how carers, who live in Gushegu district, in three specific villages where no one has been to the Neesim Nutrition Centre before, regard malnutrition, and what their reasons are for seeking medical attention for their malnourished children so late.
A literature is conducted about malnutrition, the background of the people who live in the district, the Dagomba’s, and about traditional medicine. The high prevalence of malnutrition in the district is due to a lack of adequate food and a low birth weight. A further underlying cause is lack of knowledge among the women. The Dagomba’s have specific beliefs about sickness and the causes of sickness. They attribute spiritual causes to many illnesses. The literature also shows that traditional treatment for sicknesses is still very common.
The interviews confirmed the above results and gave additional information. The carers do not link the symptoms of malnutrition to malnutrition, but regard it as piles, polio or being cripple. These illnesses are attributed to spiritual causes, as is malnutrition, and traditional medicine is chosen as the first line of action, with modern medical help as their final option. This can often be explained by economic factors, as many people are not in possession of health insurance and traditional medicine is cheaper.
The results of this research gave recommendations that can be used by Project Share to improve the effectiveness of their education program which contributes towards achieving their main goal; reducing child mortality in the Gushegu district.

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OrganisatieChristelijke Hogeschool Ede
OpleidingVerpleegkunde
Datum2011-07-18
TypeBachelor
TaalEngels

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