Social Life, Economic Status and Health Care Delivery Practices of the People of Bede Community of Bangladesh: A Case Study

  • Mohammad Taleb Hossain Department of Pharmacy, Northern University Bangladesh
  • Md Mosharaf Hossain Miazi Department of Pharmacy, Northern University Bangladesh
  • Abdul Ghani Department of Pharmacy, Stamford University Bangladesh
Keywords: Bede community, Social life, Health practices, Economic status

Abstract

This study was conducted to observe the socio-economical status, living standard and health management
practices of the people of the Bede community of Bangladesh. Bedes living in the Savar area of Dhaka
district was selected for a case study. To conduct the study, data were obtained through a questionnairebased
 survey of 700 respondents about their social and economical status, professional practices, standard
of living and literacy status, health management and treatment methods used. It has been observed that
these mostly nomadic people of the Bede community have a weak socio-economic condition, large family
size {(9-16 member family (58.22%); 17-24 member family (22.20%)}, intense smoking habit and a low
level of literacy (80.00% people are illiterate). They practice ethno-medicine and snake-charming as their
main professional business to earn a living. In offering health care services to people, they use medicaments
prepared from various plant and animal parts and minerals and apply various ethno-treatment techniques,
like spiritual, physical, mystical and psychological techniques to treat various ailments. Although they
practice their age-old traditional system of medicine as their profession to treat others, they have been found
to depend largely on Allopathic, Homeopathic and modern Traditional medicines for treating their own
illness, particularly when they suffer from  diarrhoea, dysentery, small pox, orthopedic problems, and even
snake-bite, which is supposed to be their own specialty. Bedes live below the poverty line.
 
Key words: Bede community; Social life; Health practices; Economic status

DOI: 10.3329/sjps.v2i2.5823

Stamford Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vol.2(2) 2009: 42-47

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Hossain, M., Miazi, M., & Ghani, A. (1). Social Life, Economic Status and Health Care Delivery Practices of the People of Bede Community of Bangladesh: A Case Study. Stamford Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2(2), 48-52. https://doi.org/10.3329/sjps.v2i2.5823
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