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Intra-Household Differences In Coping With Illness In Rural Ethiopia

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This chapter explores intra-household differences in coping with illness between men and women and investigates the hypothesis advanced by Ethiopian women that gender differences in recovering from illness result from differences in social support networks. Such networks can be either (i) a source of transfers to meet cash needs for medical expenditures; (ii) a source of in-kind transfers such as prepared food or other household necessities; and/or (iii) a source of labour to fulfil domestic and/or productive responsibilities. The chapter focuses particularly on differences between women who moved away from their place of residence when they got married and those who continued to live in their own village. The analysis presented is based on data collected in Turufe Kechema village in Oromiya Region, Ethiopia between May and August 2005. The survey data is supplemented with qualitative material collected in the same village by the author and researchers from WeD-Ethiopia.

Keywords: Ethiopia; intra-household; medical expenditures; social support networks



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