Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2018

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

Major

Anthropology

First Advisor

Nell Gabiam

Abstract

My research lead me to the Kedougou Region of southeastern Senegal, a rural area struggling for accessible healthcare. This paper explores how neoliberal health reforms have negatively affected access to quality health care in rural Senegal. I used ethnographic research methods, such as in person interviews and participant observation during my fieldwork in Senegal from May through August 2017. In analyzing my interview and observation data, I applied a localist, semi-structured approach and utilized a critical ethnographic perspective. Over 2-months worth of observations and 15 interviews yielded data that illustrates the lasting effects of neoliberal economic reforms from 30 years ago in Senegal. These enduring effects are seen in independent village dispensaries in how they are able to provide basic health services and how community members are able to access those services. This paper tells the story of community members and health workers in their struggle to receive and provide sustainable health care.

Copyright Owner

Samantha Salter

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

105 pages

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