Longitudinal study on the health status of children in a rural Tanzanian community : comparison of community-based clinical examinations, the diseases seen at village health posts and the perception of health problems by the population

C. Mayombana, A. Degrémont, G.K. Lwihula
The cross-sectional survey (questionnaires, clinical examination) chiefly showed the health problems affecting the population around the time of the surveys (end ofthe dry season). Interestingly, the registers ofthe VHP did not show marked seasonal variations in the morbidity statistics for this community. Both questionnaire approaches and the registers of VHP showed a change in both the morbidity and the disease perception pattern that may reflect the effects of interventions launched at
more » ... ity level (activities of village health workers, mass-treatment against hookworm and G. lamblia). The study indicated that the individual ranking ofthe major health problems matched with data from health status surveys. It also pointed to the possibility that disease perception patterns could become a tool for community diagnosis and for the monitoring of health care programs.
doi:10.5169/seals-313829 fatcat:dfakvgcq2nczxng7vup5ag6eh4