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Establishing the causes of childhood mortality in Ghana: the 'spirit child'.
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PMID:  11266045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Communities in remote regions of northeast Ghana record some of the highest rates of under five mortality in West Africa (23.9 per 1000 children/year (Binka, Maude et al. (1995). International Journal of Epidemiology, 24(1), 127-135). The communities, isolated geographically and culturally from the main tribal groups in Ghana continue to adhere very strongly to traditional beliefs and practices. A qualitative study of both traditional and modern maternal and child health care systems in the area, demonstrated that almost 15% of deaths of infants under 3 months of age were due to a belief in chichuru or spirit children, resulting in infanticide. It is therefore a significant public health problem, which has to be addressed in programs for the control of child mortality. A modification of the verbal autopsy method is proposed to assist in the identification of non-biomedical causes of death.
P Allotey; D Reidpath
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-26     Completed Date:  2001-05-31     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1007-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
International Programs, Key Center for Women's Health, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Melbourne, Carlton Vic, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Anthropology, Cultural
Attitude to Health*
Cause of Death*
Congenital Abnormalities / diagnosis,  mortality,  psychology*
Ghana / epidemiology
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Infanticide / ethnology*
Medicine, Traditional
Population Surveillance

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