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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 157-163

Tropical parasitic diseases and women

Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria

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O O Okwa
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, P. M. B. 1087, Apapa, Lagos
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.55704

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Tropical parasitic diseases constitute the greatest threat to the health and socio– economic status of women as a gender and social group. There are some gender specific ways in which parasitic diseases affect women in contrast to men due to differences in exposure, occupational risk, sociocultural behavior, gender roles and practices. These parasitic diseases confer some social stigma, which affects the health seeking behavior of women. Women are therefore important in the control of these parasitic diseases and they are key agents of change, if they are included in community control programs. Women need more attention in endemic areas as a group that had been neglected. This deprived and excluded group have got vital role to play, as discussed in this review.

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