Kala-azar in pregnancy in Mymensingh, Bangladesh; a social autopsy

Kazi Mizanur Rahman, Ana Olsen, David Harley, Colin BUTLER, Dinesh Mondal, Stephen Luby, Adrian Sleigh

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Abstract

Kala-azar, meaning “black-fever,” is the local term in South Asia for visceral leishmaniasis. Kala-azar is targeted for elimination from South Asia by 2015. The control programme aims to reduce the annual incidence to less than one per 10,000 people [1]. The disease is usually fatal if untreated [1], and the case fatality rate is higher among women than men [2], [3]. Kala-azar among pregnant women places the foetus and mother at high risk of fatal outcomes [4], [5]. Moreover, women experience longer delays than men in seeking care and treatment for kala-azar, a problem well documented in Bangladesh [2]. Few studies have explored the personal and social dimensions of kala-azar, and even fewer have addressed the issues faced by women in pregnancy [2].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Rahman, K. M., Olsen, A., Harley, D., BUTLER, C., Mondal, D., Luby, S., & Sleigh, A. (2014). Kala-azar in pregnancy in Mymensingh, Bangladesh; a social autopsy. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 8(5), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0002710