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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Madagascar Then and Now: a Growing STI Problem

The Center for Disease Control has taken a great interest in Madagascar because of the high potential for STI transmission amongst its people. Although in actuality STI transmission is relatively low compared with other African nations, the issue is not one that is readily or easily discussed in the nation. The CDC is interested in decreasing the spread of STI through use of birth control. But what cultural obstructions exist to promoting birth control and STI education? To address this question I was invited to gather information on the cultures of Madagascar. This paper looks at this cultural information and its relation to the spread of STIs and the use of birth control in Madagascar.

Presenter: David Sherwood (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)