Speech Therapy Services to be Provided to Emerging Self-Help Groups for People Who Stutter in Africa Under the Framework of the International Speech Project-Stuttering Africa is the world’s second largest continent, with a surface area of 30,244,050 sq. km. (11,677,240 sq. miles). It is situated south of Europe between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Africa has 52 independent countries, most of which were colonized during different eras. Africa has a population of about ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2007
Speech Therapy Services to be Provided to Emerging Self-Help Groups for People Who Stutter in Africa Under the Framework of the International Speech Project-Stuttering
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  • Joseph Lukong
    Speak Clear Association of Camaroon, Camaroon, Africa
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Article   |   February 01, 2007
Speech Therapy Services to be Provided to Emerging Self-Help Groups for People Who Stutter in Africa Under the Framework of the International Speech Project-Stuttering
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2007, Vol. 17, 16-18. doi:10.1044/ffd17.1.16
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2007, Vol. 17, 16-18. doi:10.1044/ffd17.1.16
Africa is the world’s second largest continent, with a surface area of 30,244,050 sq. km. (11,677,240 sq. miles). It is situated south of Europe between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Africa has 52 independent countries, most of which were colonized during different eras. Africa has a population of about 800 million inhabitants. Poverty, tribal conflicts, and wars; poor roads and communication networks; hunger and malnutrition; and the prevalence of such deadly diseases as HIV/AIDS, malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis characterize the socioeconomic situation in Africa.
Africa has a rapidly growing population as a result of a high birth rate and low average life expectancy. Due to some of these conditions, little attention is given to stuttering as a health care problem. There are about 8 million people in Africa affected by stuttering, given the universally accepted rate of 1% stutterers in a given population. The rate of stuttering may be quite high in Africa given the fact that some tribes in West and Central Africa have been noted to have several members affected by stuttering.
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