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Reproduction: Medicalization of: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Muslim-majority populations are found across the Sahel from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean: Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Somalia. Their low level of medicalization is explained by poverty even by Sub-Saharan African standards (except for Senegal), low levels of urbanization and female education, and the remote inland location of most of them. Doctors are few and are found mostly in the capitals. Typically, there are over 30,000 people per doctor compa…

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Caldwell, John C., “Reproduction: Medicalization of: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0193d>
First published online: 2009

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