Wartime children's suffering and quests for therapy in northern Uganda

Leiden Repository

Wartime children's suffering and quests for therapy in northern Uganda

Type: Book (monograph)
Title: Wartime children's suffering and quests for therapy in northern Uganda
Author: Akello,G.
Pages: 248
Publisher: African Studies Centre, Leiden
Issue Date: 2010
Keywords: African studies
Children
civil war
Dependency
policy
Uganda
Abstract: This book is based on an ethnographic study during an ongoing civil war in northern Uganda. It examines children's suffering as well as their attempts to restore normality. Data shows that there is a high burden of illnesses among the children, both infectious diseases and complaints related to emotional distress. The study describes children's short-term curative approaches to these illnesses, and the ensuing misuse of, and dependencies on, pharmaceuticals. Although children are approached as social actors and their perspectives are privileged, their quests for therapy are shown to be influenced by many other factors as well. The focus therefore lies on children's vulnerability within existing healthcare structures and life conditions. Through this focus, the book critiques the narrow policies regarding healthcare interventions for children above five years, and underscores the importance of addressing wider socio-economic factors in preventive approaches to infectious diseases and emotional suffering.<BR><BR>Grace Akello, PhD, is a medical anthropologist trained at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. She is currently employed as senior lecturer at Gulu University, northern Uganda.
Series/Report no.: African studies collection, ISSN 1876-018X ; 25
ISBN: 978-90-5448-095-2
Other Identifiers: oai:ascleiden.nl:075287668:2755
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/15604
 

Files in this item

Description Size View
application/pdf ASC-075287668-2755-01.pdf 3.054Mb View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)