A Study Of Knowledge Awareness And Perception Among Rti/Stds On Tribal Women

D. Ramana, D. Usha Rani


Reproductive Tract infection and Sexually transmitted Diseases continue to present a major health, social and economic problem in the developing world (Thakor et al, 2004). The situation may still be worse in tribal areas, where there is hardly any access to the Reproductive health system due to difficult terrain.
The specific objective of the study is to assess the Source of Knowledge, Mode of Transmission and discussion about RTI/STDs for tribal women. The present study was carried out in the state of Andhra. Three districts i.e. Visakhapatnam, Warangal, Kadapa one each from the three regions of Andhra Pradesh (Union state). A list of married tribal woman with at least one living child in the age group of 25-45 years is the sampling unit of the study. Adopting stratified random sampling technique 400 tribal women were selected from each region, totaling a sample of 1200. The data pertaining to the study was collected from both primary and secondary sources.
Results of the study reveals that respondents from the districts of Kadapa are highest percentage (50.50) are heard followed by (47%) from Warangal district and (43%) in Vishakhapatnam district are low. Information and communication technology is the major source to know about the RTIs/STDs (61.25 Warangal, 55.45 Kadapa and 66.90 Vishakhapatnam respectively). Majority (60%) Warangal district and Kadapa (51.50%), Visakhapatnam (73.50%) of the respondents are didnt discussed RTI/STD problems with their husbands are partners. Health education regarding the risk factors of unhygienic menstrual practices, non-intuitional deliveries and illegal abortions must be imparted to the women in the study area in order to bring about a behavioral change to protect them from communicable diseases.


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