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Journal of International Development
October 2014 Volume 26, Issue 7 Pages 939–1096
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF CHILD IMMUNIZATION IN RURAL ETHIOPIA
Article first published online: 5 NOV 2013
Using cross section data from rural Ethiopia, this paper investigates the socio-economic determinants of child immunization. Results of a generalized ordered logit model show that child immunization is strongly associated with child’s age, housing quality, presence of health extension worker in a village, proximity to district capital, access to primary school and ethnic diversity. The paper draws both supply-side and demand-side implications to increase full immunization for children in rural Ethiopia.
Assessing Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs about Cervical Cancer, Human Papillomavirus and HPV Vaccine among Shipibo-Konibo Women of Peru
Clark, Elizabeth Anne Thesis (Master’s)–University of Washington, 2014
Background: The Shipibo-Konibo ethnic group is one of the largest indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon. Due to economic, cultural, and geographical barriers, Shipibo-Konibo women are less likely to access cervical cancer screening and therefore are at higher risk for cervical cancer mortality.
Objective: to learn how cervical cancer is understood from the perspective of Shipibo-Konibo women and to see what factors influence a woman’s decision to vaccinate or not vaccinate her daughter.
Methodology: Thirty in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with Shipibo-Konibo women from a variety of different perspectives: urban, rural, with daughters who had and had not received the vaccine. Interviews were transcribed, coded and analyzed for themes.
Main results: without exception, all women in the study perceived cervical cancer as a dangerous disease and were in favor of their daughter receiving a vaccine that could protect them from cervical cancer. The main difference was: in the rural community, women had more medically accurate beliefs about the etiology of cervical cancer. In both communities, shame and poverty were identified as barriers to seeking preventive care and treatment for cervical cancer.
Conclusions: These results are both encouraging, as the universal acceptability and perceived need of the HPV vaccine is high, and helpful in identifying areas of growth for future health education programs, especially surrounding risk factors for cervical cancer.