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Title Health Behavior and Practices of the Badjaos: an Implication to Health Intervention
Posted by Minnie Mamauag
Authors Minnie Besin Mamauag, MAN,RN
Publication date May, 2013
Journal The Third International Congress on Interdisciplinary Research and Development
Volume 1
Issue Special Edition
Pages 21.1
Publisher International Journal of the Computer, the Internet and Management (IJCIM), Prof.Dr. Srisakdi Charmonman, Editor-in-Chief Srisakdi Charmonman Institute, Siam Technology College 46 Jarunsanitwong Rd., Thapra branch, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok, Thailand 10600 Tel. (66) 2 878 5089 or Fax: (66) 2 878 5012
Abstract - It is quite remarkable how huge changes had occurred over the previous decades. Not to mention the multiple discoveries and inventions that the health technology in the form of health information, health services and even the over-thecounter medicines can offer. Some were left behind untouched by the transition that took place. This includes the Badjaos who are one of the most marginalized tribes in the Philippines. This tribe is known as the Sea Gypsies or Sea Nomads who for thousand years were still living in the sea where they are free from everyday rejection and hardship brought about upon by other tribes that live on land. From year 2001 to August 2008, 16 deaths among children due to diarrhea and fever were documented by the Iligan City Health Office. Due to this frightening health situation plus their living condition, the rates of various infections among the tribe population are heightened. The main objective of this study is to explore the health behaviors and practices of the Badjaos since these will illustrate strong implications on their health situation and health needs. A descriptive study was conducted and intervention program will be proposed on the problems encountered in the course of the conduct of this study. The respondents include the Badjaos in origin, married with at least one child, living in the area of Tambacan, Iligan City, Philippines. A language translator was hired to ensure understanding during interviews. In-depth interview and self-structured questionnaire that were pre-tested for validity were employed. Results showed that respondents have unhygienic practices in terms of food preparation, no comfort rooms, and resort to consulting a “quack doctor” rather than a medical doctor. Some of the respondents have started using over-the-counter medications but still lack knowledge in terms of the specific usage of the medicines. Thus, the researchers wish to correct the inappropriate practices and behaviors by coming up with health programs / interventions will lead to a better quality of life among Bajaos.
Index terms / Keywords Bajaos, Interventions, Health Behaviors, Health Practices