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An Ecosystem Approach to HIV-1/AIDS: Local Knowledge on Contracting and Transmitting the Disease Amongst the Turkana of Lodwar Township (Kenya)

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A broad theoretical framework centred on an ecosystem approach is used to investigate the local knowledge around contraction and transmission of HIV-1/AIDS amongst the Turkana of Lodwar township. According to the Turkana, there are several naturalistic factors that influence the contraction and transmission of HIV-1/AIDS. Broad categories can be identified: factors that encourage unprotected sex, those that encourage mobility and migration (associated with the pursuit of casual sexual partnerships), factors of social organization that encourage risky sex, factors related to deficient healthcare, and socioeconomic factors.
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Keywords: ECOSYSTEM; HIV/AIDS; LOCAL KNOWLEDGE; PASTORALISTS; TURKANA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • Nomadic Peoples is an international journal published by the White Horse Press for the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Its primary concerns are the current circumstances of all nomadic peoples around the world and their prospects. Its readership includes all those interested in nomadic peoples, scholars, researchers, planners and project administrators.
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