Maternal and Primary Care System Factors Affecting Oral Rehydration Therapy in Rural Guinea
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Copyright 1992, American Anthropological Association.
Central Issues in Anthropology
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 23–38, January 1992
How to Cite
Ward, W., Glik, D., Gordon, A. and Haba, F. (1992), Maternal and Primary Care System Factors Affecting Oral Rehydration Therapy in Rural Guinea. Central Issues in Anthropology, 10: 23–38. doi: 10.1525/cia.19220.127.116.11
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
- oral rehydration therapy;
- childhood diarrheal disease;
- maternal knowledge and behavior;
- health care utilization;
- access to primary care;
- child survival
Maternal sociodemographics, knowledge about oral rehydration, and specific health practices were found to interact with access to primary care system variables in predicting the use of oral rehydration in two areas of rural Guinea. Extremely limited primary health care resources were related to very low levels of usage even with a national effort to increase oral rehydration therapy. The study used a stratified sampling design to compare the differential effects of town, village, health care system availability and ethnic factors in oral rehydration solution use.