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Selecting therapies in Benin: making choices between informal, formal, private and public health services

Thamar Klein

Africa Spectrum, 2007, vol. 42, issue 3, 461-481

Abstract: This paper addresses a distinctive feature in Benin’s health care system. Even though the latest figures state that 83% of the population have access to governmental health facilities, only 36% of the population make use of them. Thus governmental health facilities are extremely under-utilized. Where does this rejecting attitude come from and what kinds of health institutions are used instead? The present study explores this peculiarity and analyses the criteria for therapeutic itineraries in central Benin. A gendered focus shifts the evidence from ‘the’ Beninese population to gendered perspectives of male and female residents. The findings are based on 22 months of qualitative fieldwork and a large quantitative database obtained from 839 participants in central Benin.

Date: 2007
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