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Abstract

This essay examines bilharzia in Sub-Saharan Africa as a bio-social disease. It studies two distinct cases in Uganda and Nigeria to demonstrate how cases differ in different regions but are still connected by their socioeconomic causes. The paper challenges readers to relinquish the stereotype that Africa is a disease-ridden continent and that the West consists of white saviors. After reading this essay, the audience will be better equipped in examining socioeconomic factors and the role they play in disease. They, too, will recognize that socioeconomic conditions call for different methods of treatment. Simple doses of medication are not enough, but community-based education groups, will significantly help treat this distinctly localized disease.

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