Medical Geography Case Studies: Health, Well-Being, and Caring in Africa

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Africa Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Denver, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Majestic Level
Organizers: Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Raymond Tutu, Rhoda Mundi
Chairs: Rhoda Mundi


Aimed at documenting existing progress and future prospects for improvements in health and wellbeing, the medical geography case studies in this session draw on quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate prevalent diseases and medical problems in rural and urban locations in Africa. Based on data ranging from large scale national health survey to analysis of narratives from focus groups, the researchers examine demographic and socio-economic characteristics of respondents including gender, education, age, and indicators of poverty. Statistical analyses and descriptive accounts reveal sources, consequences, and respondents’ knowledge about maternal mortality, childhood deaths, AIDS-related deaths and foodborne diseases. Research results, about spatial variations and context-specific effects, underscore both the necessity of targeted interventions for the well-being of Africans over different life cycle stages, and the social reproduction roles of African women as pregnant women, mothers, and care givers. In addition to addressing implications for attaining global sustainable development medical goals, the papers discuss programs that augment health literacy via mobile phones, or expand antenatal care, as well as shed light on understudied women’s agency in consequential communal African practices that are relevant in feminist literature on ethics of care.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Raymond Tutu*, Delaware State University, The Health Literacy and M-Health Nexus: Potential Tools for Health Education Programs among the Urban Poor in Accra, Ghana 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Rhoda Mundi*, University of Abuja, Nigeria., Biyaya Beatrice Nwankwo, University of Abuja, Nigeria, Stephen Yohanna, Bingham University, Karu, Nigeria, Samuel Panse Dakyes, University of Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday Ishaya, University of Abuja, Nigeria, Mercy Ovaioza Adenyuma, University of Abuja, Demographic and socio-economic factors associated with childhood diseases and under-five mortality in Benue State, Nigeria 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Judith Namanya*, Michigan State University, Leo Zulu, Department of Geography, Environmentat and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University, Wants Vs Needs: The Conceptualization of Poverty as a Driver for High HIV Infections among Young Women in Rural Uganda 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Bianca Ziegler*, Western University, Moses Kansanga, Western University, Yuji Sano, Nipissing University, Joseph Kangmennaang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Isaac Luginaah, Western University, Antenatal Care Utilization in the Fragile and Conflict-Affected Context of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 15 5:25 PM
Presenter Janet Adomako*, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, “The Dust Chop Your Heart and Kill You”: Gendered Extractive Practices and Health in Ghana’s Small-scale Gold Mining. 15 5:40 PM

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