01/10/2013
Annemieke Bont, Medical Anthropologist

The following research questions were proposed in the TOR for the literature review:

In the Dinka population (specifically the tribes form the northern part of S Sudan):

  • What is considered a disease (or an illness or a sickness)?
  • What is the meaning of a disease?
  • What should be done against a disease (or to solve a disease, or the cure a disease)?
  • What are thy doing actually in case of disease (health seeking behaviour)

These questions could be stratified according to:

  • Type of symptoms: fever, malaria, cough, diarrhoea....
  • Type of medical problem: disease or trauma or malnutrition or obstetric complications
  • Type of population: for neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, elderly, female, male, social status etc.
  • Type of clan or tribe or geographic locationParticular attention if possible with regards to: Differences of perception and HSB according to sub clans or tribes. –  Different attitudes and behaviour according to age groups or social status –  Perception of risks related to perinatal period (for mother and child) and options to address it. –  Perception of trauma and surgery to treat trauma –  Perception of malnutrition in children.