Socio-Anthropological Factors of the Therapeutic Routes and Agents of Community Health in the Fight against the Dracunculose in Kouassi-Datekro’s Subprefecture
TANO Kouassi Joseph, SUN Qiu Yun

The African continent is experiencing continuous social-medical degradation. The reasons are multiple and vary according to realities of each country. It thus remains a continent where the populations continue to suffer from various diseases related to insalubrities. Infections like leprosy, tuberculosis, the onchocercose and the Guinea worm became real public health problems today. In spite of the actions and strategies suggested through African regional conferences on the dracunculose1 it remains an unsolved equation. In Ivory Coast, in spite of the initial retreat recorded due to the installation of drinking water supply in the rural areas, the Guinea worm has resurfaced. The repercussions of the infections on socio-cultural and socioeconomic life are considerable. Indeed, in spite of the studies, actions, strategies and sensitizing, the populations still adopt their own therapeutic routes. The actions of the Community Agents of Health made to frame them are ineffective because of perceptions of the populations. A research undertaken on the explanatory factors of the choice of a therapeutic route given in rural environment comes to contribute to the reflection as for the strategies of sensitizing.

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