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View the PDF document Child mortality : fathers' perception of child health in Bibi Mahru area of Kabul, Afghanistan
Author:Salem, Said
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A. Development Studies
Subject: Children -- Mortality -- Afghanistan -- Kabul -- Bibi Mahru , Children -- Health and hygiene -- Afghanistan -- Kabul -- Bibi Mahru
Date: 2011.
Call No.: pac HB 1323 .C52 A32 2011
BRN: 1190636
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Abstract: Despite significant research having been done on the role of mothers in child health, we know very little about the role of fathers in this area, particularly in Afghanistan,, where child and infant mortality rates are amongst the highest in the world The fathers’ role in the family has been seen more as a breadwinner and resource provider. This exploratory qualitative thesis is based on interviews with 13 fathers in Bibi Mahru area of Kabul city, a focus group discussion, and observation of the area. It found that fathers have a direct role in supporting family and child health. These fathers love their children and were emotionally sad about the loss of children to disease. Fathers in Bibi Mahru perceived that unsafe water and sanitation are the main threats to their children’s health in the area. However, some of the fathers also believed that the dirty environment, poor food, poverty and lack of access to proper health services were also major causes of sickness for their children. Although, most of the respondent fathers understood relevant threats to their children’s health, most of them found it difficult to assess and respond to the seriousness of the threat. Most of the fathers did not know the causes of their children’s deaths. Fathers are an important part of the family, having a positive impact on child health outcomes, particularly in traditional Afghan society, where the movement of women is restricted and where men have more decision-making power. Therefore, more research needs to be done on the fathers’ role in child health and health planners could benefit from including fathers in child health programmes.
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