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Alcohol brewing and the african tuberculosis epidemic.
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PMID:  21400349     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Countries in much of Africa are struggling with large tuberculosis (TB) epidemics. Although the treatment programs are being implemented as well as the many constraints allow, more prevention of TB is needed. Based on literature on alcohol and TB, and observations and case studies, we consider one potential area for intervention might be the popular and ubiquitous small bars and beer huts in many towns and cities. In these usually poverty-ridden sites, with their densely packed clientele, large amounts of alcohol are consumed often by those with compromised immune systems who are at risk of acquiring the disease. The alcohol brewers-called Mama Pimas (from kupima, to measure, in Kiswahili) in Kenya-are the subject of this editorial. We look at the risks and potential benefits of reaching these women. Medical anthropologists are needed to help provide better evidence for TB prevention programs.
Kate Macintyre; Emily Bloss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical anthropology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1545-5882     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Anthropol     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707343     Medline TA:  Med Anthropol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  126-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of International Health and Development, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
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