Balancing Burial Rituals with Public Health Demands During the 2014 Guinean Ebola Epidemic
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This SSHAP Case Study explains how an anthropologist negotiated a medically safe burial for a pregnant woman who had died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a Kissi community at the beginning of the 2014 Ebola epidemic in Guinea. The epidemiological protocol to organise a safe burial for a deceased pregnant woman with suspected EVD clashed with the local community’s need for a ritual burial following a post-mortem caesarean. A tense stand-off occurred. According to Kissi culture, when a pregnant woman dies the foetus should be removed before burial, to avoid a curse on the community.
CitationAnoko, J. and Henry, D. (2020) Balancing Burial Rituals with Public Health Demands During the 2014 Guinean Ebola Epidemic, SSHAP Case Study Issue 8, UNICEF, IDS and Anthrologica.
Is part of seriesSSHAP Case Studies;Issue 8