Women's management of the household health environment: Responding to childhood diarrhea in the Northern Areas, Pakistan

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    Abstract

    This paper examines mothers' management of water, sanitation, hygiene, and childhood diarrhea in a mountain community in the Northern Areas, Pakistan. It draws upon qualitative data obtained from 65 in-depth interviews and other ethnographic field methods. The analysis shows that respondents were familiar with diarrhea control interventions carried out in the study site, and associated childhood diarrhea with oral-fecal transmission routes such as poor water quality, unhygienic behaviors, contaminated food, and inadequate sanitation practices. Findings also demonstrate the continuance of long-established cultural patterns of perception and behavior with regard to childhood diarrhea and the influence of socio-economic constraints to instituting new management practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-58
    Number of pages16
    JournalHealth and Place
    Volume10
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2004

    Keywords

    • Childhood diarrhea
    • Household health environment
    • Northern Pakistan
    • Women

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