What is it about?

I examine the crucial role of the biomedical industry, epidemiological and biomedical research, and the media in forming attitudes to and the understanding of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka.

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Why is it important?

Local conceptions of CKDu have been shaped by the circulation in the media of epidemiological research findings pertaining to the disease, biomedical interventions in the management of the disease in hospitals and clinics, community programs involving mass blood surveys and the testing of well water, and local food and health education programs carried out through village health committees. This process of circulation I identify as bio-media citizenship.

Perspectives

The article provides a framework and a theory for us to understand how people affected by CKDu view their disease, and how the medical system and media contributed to people's understanding of the disease.

Professor M.W. Amarasiri de Silva

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This page is a summary of: Bio-media Citizenship and Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka, Medical Anthropology, April 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2017.1311886.
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