IOB Seminar 'Voodoo, vaccines and bednets'

Date: 9 October 2014

Venue: UA city Campus - Building S - Nile Room - Lange Sint Annastraat 7 first floor - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB

Short description: Nik Stoop, Marijke Verpoorten and Koen Deconinck study the relationship between African traditional religious beliefs and the uptake of health care measures. The seminar focuses on Benin.

Nik Stoop, Marijke Verpoorten and Koen Deconinck study the relationship between African traditional religious beliefs and the uptake of health care measures. Benin provides an ideal testing ground: it has a high degree of religious freedom, and Voodoo is accepted as an official religion (come to the presentation, and we'll explain why this is the case !). Because of these features, reported religion varies greatly within villages. This variation allows us to measure the impact of a mother’s religion on the uptake of health care measures, conditional upon village-level supply of such measures. The results show that a mother’s adherence to Voodoo is associated with lower full child immunization, less knowledge about Oral Rehydration Salts to treat diarrhea and a lower use of bed nets, even in a subsample of bed net owners. In terms of magnitude, the estimated impact is comparable to the impact of an additional six years of schooling for the mother or a change from the first to the second household wealth quintile.



Entrance fee: Free (bring your own lunch)

Registration: Compulsary : katleen.vanpellicom@uantwerpen.be

Contact email: katleen.vanpellicom@uantwerpen.be

Contact phone: 03/265.52.96