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Unformatted text preview: Obum Ezekwem Prof. Sizcek 3/9/2011 Critical Review: Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa The book Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa discusses the challenges faced by western health educators/professionals in Africa communities. These issues often center on the dominant African culture. This culture makes it difficult for professionals to establish a novel and efficient health care system. Usually, these educators do not succeed in completely changing the system but merge their methods with the local traditional methods. The establishment of this process is usually met with some resistance. I focus specifically on chapter 3 of the book, Fulani Treatment Decisions. This chapter discusses the interviews carried out by Andrew J. Gordon and Atoulaye Sall with patients at a Fulani hospital in Conkry, Guinea. The interview brought to light the significant role that cultural schemas play in decisions to seek treatment in a hospital or not. In this setting, males were less likely to seek treatment for a disease called bhuuri-mnhuuru because of what others...
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