Jimenez, Teresita T.
July 1955
Philippine Sociological Review;Jul55, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p28
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the study of health practices in the slum of Barrio Bonifacio, located in the district of Tondo within the limits of the City of Manila. This study was conducted to describe the actual health practices of the people in this slum area and to determine and analyze the factors associated with these conditions and to suggest practical plans for action. Conditions prevailing in the slum of Barrio Bonifacio seem typical of slum life in Manila. In this study major aspects of slum life--health practices, health facilities, other living conditions, education, recreation, religious superstition, fold medical practices, income and other economic aspects are described and analyzed. The study found that a majority of the families interviewed have a very low level of living and often, have to live from hand to mouth. It was found that illiteracy exists in this slum. Majority of slum dwellers in Barrio Bonifacio solicit the services of the "herbolario" and "hilot." Both operate on a personal, "Gemeinschaft" basis. the desired results. The only way to a real lasting change in the health practices of the people in Barrio Bonifacio is to work within the familistic-Gemeinschaft cultural framework, inventing new techniques and discarding the ineffective methods that were developed for a different pattern of culture.


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