An Exploration of the Sexual Cleansing Ritual as a Public Health Issue in the Luo Community of Kenya


Leso Munala

Name of Award

Spring 2018 APDC Grant Awardees

Date Awarded

Spring 5-5-2018


Public Health

Project Description

Dr. Munala is a professor in the public health department and is awarded $7500 to conduct a study to explore the experiences of widows who have undergone sexual cleansing. The Luo community of Western province, Kenya, believes that widows need to neutralize their cultural impurity by going through sexual cleansing after the burial of their husbands.

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