Annals of African Medicine

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

Tropical parasitic diseases and women


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

Correspondence Address:
O O Okwa
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, P. M. B. 1087, Apapa, Lagos
Nigeria

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.


How to cite this article:
Okwa O O. Tropical parasitic diseases and women.Ann Afr Med 2007;6:157-163


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Okwa O O. Tropical parasitic diseases and women. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Nov 30 ];6:157-163
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