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Vaginal practices as women's agency in sub-Saharan Africa : a synthesis of meaning and motivation through meta-ethnography
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 1635067
Author(s) Martin Hilber, Adriane; Kenter, Elise; Redmond, Shelagh; Merten, Sonja; Bagnol, Brigitte; Low, Nicola; Garside, Ruth
Author(s) at UniBasel Martin Hilber, Adriane
Merten, Sonja
Year 2012
Title Vaginal practices as women's agency in sub-Saharan Africa : a synthesis of meaning and motivation through meta-ethnography
Journal Social science & medicine : an international journal
Volume 74
Number 9
Pages / Article-Number 1311-23
Abstract This paper reports on a systematic review of qualitative research about vaginal practices in Sub-Saharan Africa, which used meta-ethnographic methods to understand their origins, their meanings for the women who use them, and how they have evolved in time and place. We included published documents which were based on qualitative methods of data collection and analysis and contained information on vaginal practices. After screening, 16 texts were included which dated from 1951 to 2008. We found that practices evolve and adapt to present circumstances and that they remain an important source of power for women to negotiate challenges that they face. Recent evidence suggests that some practices may increase a woman's susceptibility to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The success of new female-controlled prevention technologies, such as microbicides, might be determined by whether they can and will be used by women in the course of their daily life
Publisher Pergamon Press
ISSN/ISBN 0037-7856
edoc-URL http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A6094443
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.032
PubMed ID http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22401645
Document type (ISI) Journal Article, Review
 
   

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