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Vaginal practices as women's agency in sub-Saharan Africa : a synthesis of meaning and motivation through meta-ethnography

Martin Hilber, A. and Kenter, E. and Redmond, S. and Merten, S. and Bagnol, B. and Low, N. and Garside, R.. (2012) Vaginal practices as women's agency in sub-Saharan Africa : a synthesis of meaning and motivation through meta-ethnography. Social science & medicine : an international journal, Vol. 74, H. 9. pp. 1311-1323.

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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
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Swiss Centre for International Health > Sexual and Reproductive Health (Zahorka)
UniBasel Contributors:Merten, Sonja and Martin Hilber, Adriane
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Pergamon Press
ISSN:0037-7856
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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