A History of Tuberculosis in Kilimanjaro Region, 1920's to 1960


African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships




The main objective of this study is to examine the history of tuberculosis among the Chagga in Kilimanjaro region from the 1920s to 1960. This study indicates that the history of tuberculosis in Kilimanjaro is missing despite its prevalence throughout the British colonial rule. There has been no historical study that has analysed the causes for the spread of tuberculosis, people’s perceptions of tuberculosis, colonial tuberculosis control strategies, the responses of the Chagga to control strategies and the challenges of controlling the disease. This study will employ the qualitative approach that seeks to obtain culturally specific information about the values, opinions, behaviours and social contexts of particular populations in regard to the history of tuberculosis. The data collection methods include in-depth interview and archival research/documentary review. The research findings will be analyzed qualitatively through systematic examination, source corroboration, and interpretation of evidence in order to identify themes, biases and meanings