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Volume 9, Number 10—October 2003


Cultural Contexts of Ebola in Northern Uganda

Barry S. Hewlett*Comments to Author  and Richard P. Amola†
Author affiliations: *Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington, USA; †Ministry of Health, Adjumani, Uganda

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Table 4

Community beliefs and practices that enhanced and lowered health of some persons during Gulu Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak

Health enhancing Health lowering
Indigenous protocol for epidemics (see text)
Some aspects of burial and funeral
practices: washing of body, dressing the body, love touches, and ritual washing of hands in common bowl of water
Elders sought to help organize the community Transporting sick or dead by bike, cart, or
other means
Some aspects of traditional healing practices, such as cutting of body to insert medicines

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