Maasai Community Perception of Oral Thrush: A Qualitative Study

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dc.contributor.author Martin, Haikael
dc.contributor.author Petrucka, Pammla
dc.contributor.author Buza, Joram
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-21T19:59:04Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-21T19:59:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015-02-03
dc.identifier.issn 2320-0227
dc.identifier.uri DOI: 10.9734/JSRR/2015/14711
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/329
dc.description Research Article published by Journal of Scientific Research & Reports en_US
dc.description.abstract Aim: To determine perception and understanding of oral thrush among Maasai women of reproductive age (WRA), Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), village leaders and health care workers in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). Study Design: Cross sectional, qualitative research. Place and Duration: Three villages namely; Olbalbal, Misigiyo and Alelilai in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, between March 2013 and September 2014. Methodology: We included women of reproductive age (210), village leaders (5), Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) (13) and health care providers (18). Data was collected using focus group discussions among Traditional Birth Attendants and village leaders, interview for women of reproductive age and health care providers. Results: The community recognizes that oral thrush is a problem among pregnant and lactating Maasai women. According to the Traditional Birth Attendants and village leaders, it is believed that oral thrush came with the modern use of western medication as opposed to their traditional medications used earlier. They stated that their way of life has changed significantly causing these problems. Most WRA say oral thrush is a problem, but they do not know the cause. However, health care providers know that oral thrush is a problem with some knowing the causes and associated risk factors in the Maasai community. Conclusion: There appears to be an information gap between community members and healthcare providers with respect to the causes of oral thrush in women of child-bearing age in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is noted that TBAs are important to rectify this deficit, because if they understand the problem they can influence changes. Results from this research work can inform more effective health promotion initiatives and interventions. . en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Scientific Research & Reports en_US
dc.title Maasai Community Perception of Oral Thrush: A Qualitative Study en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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