Assessing Culturally-Bound Beliefs Related to Diarrheal Diseases among Rural Women, Chipata District, Zambia: Health Education Implications of a Pilot Study

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Loh, C., Ormsby, G., Waife, R., Njoloma, E., & Cordero-MacIntyre, Z. (2002). Assessing culturally-bound beliefs related to diarrheal diseases among rural women, Chipata district, Zambia: Health education implications of a pilot study. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 21(3), 257-269. doi: 10.2190/F626-LG39-64RL-GP4E

ISSN: 0272-684X


111104 Public Nutrition Intervention| 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified| 111704 Community Child Health| 111712 Health Promotion| 111717 Primary Health Care


This study of rural mothers and health workers in Eastern Zambia illustrates the use of traditional medicines in the treatment of common illnesses, and the seeking of services from traditional healers. It provides a better understanding of knowledge, beliefs, and practices in the field of traditional medicine, and explores the relationship of common cultural-bound beliefs (Thola, Chibele, Chibambala, Chisi, and Njisi) with feeding practices during pregnancy and early childhood related to diarrheal diseases. In addition, it identifies factors that influence a mother's choice about the use or avoidance of certain foods. This qualitative research process encourages a culturally sensitive community-based approach to creating appropriate health promotion messages and program activities.


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