Kampala Women Getting By: Wellbeing in the Time of AIDS

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Ten
Six Women

Individual Women's Accounts of Treatment Seeking

GRACE BANTEBYA-KYOMUHENDO
& JESSICA OGDEN

This chapter changes the perspective on symptoms of illness and strategies for cure. It brings the issues raised in group discussions, interviews with practitioners, and general accounts of home treatment down to the level of individual practice. In an effort to understand which characteristics make the most difference to women's treatment seeking in Kamwokva, six case studies1 were conducted. The case-study participants, all women, have small children in their household under their care, have lived in Kamwokya for at least six years and are of sexually active and reproductive age.

Given these basic criteria, the different case studies take up different emphases. The first set, selected by Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, reflect economic range and autonomy, with some of the women being supported financially by men and others with primary responsibility for themselves and their children; some with relatively secure economic resources and some with little reliable income of any sort; some with full autonomy in household decision-making, and some who share these responsibilities with a resident man.

The second set, selected by Ogden, explore how adherence to the local notion of the proper woman (omukyala omutufu) may affect treatment-seeking styles and choices. The interest in these cases was not economic standing as such, but social status of a different sort. These three women were selected with knowledge of the ways in which they define themselves within, and are regarded by, the community.

Each case comprises a brief biographical sketch and then an account of treatment seeking for children in general, covering the latest illness episode; and own illness in general, with an account of the latest own illness episode. Some also indicate the sums of money spent in each episode. The women's real names are not used. All six are referred to by pseudonyms.

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Mitchell ( 1983) writes that the case study is a 'detailed examination of* an event (or series of related events) which the analyst believes exhibits the operation of some identified general theoretical principle'.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Photographs, Sketches, Maps & Figures viii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Notes on Contributors x
  • One - Introduction 1
  • Two - Kamwokya 17
  • Three - People in Place 47
  • Four - Community Life 73
  • Five - Household Wellbeing 90
  • Six - Treatment Options 111
  • Seven - Home Treatment 142
  • Eight - Children's Illnesses 152
  • Nine - Private Disease 166
  • Ten - Six Women 189
  • Eleven - Community Life II 206
  • Twelve - Summary & Conclusions 226
  • References 236
  • Index 241
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