Using traditional healers to treat child malnutrition: a qualitative study of health-seeking behaviour in eastern Ethiopia
May 5, 2022
Malnutrition among children under five years of age is a major public health issue in many low and middle-income constrained countries. According to WHO, 5.3 million under-five children die every year and about 45% of these deaths are linked to malnutrition. While it is clear that poverty and lack of food are important factors in children’s malnutrition, less is known about the ways in which local conceptions of malnutrition affect parents’ treatment choices. In Ethiopia, child malnutrition is a severe public health problem and a common cause of child death, and this paper explores the local views of malnutrition and how these shape people’s health-seeking behavior.
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Using traditional healers to treat child malnutrition: a qualitative study of health-seeking behavior in eastern Ethiopia
Authors: Ketema Degefa, Adugna Tadesse, Caroline Ackley, Lola Madrid, Nega Assefa, Markus Breines, Kasthuri Sivalogan, Maria Maixenchs, John Blevins