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Title:Seasonality in a Savanna District of Ghana: Perceptions of Women and Health Workers
Author:Gordon, GillISNI
Year:1986
Periodical:IDS Bulletin (ISSN 0265-5012)
Volume:17
Issue:3
Pages:51-57
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:public health
rural areas
food
seasonality
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Link:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1759-5436.1986.mp17003008.x/abstract
Abstract:Households in the Dangbe district of Ghana aim at maintaining a constant supply of food by farming, fishing and trading. Trading in processed foods is highly competitive in the rainy season. Many families respond to adverse farming or trading conditions by temporary migration. Seasonal stress reduces women's ability to care for their children and make use of health services. Village health workers perceive their farm work to be of higher priority than their health tasks at a time when demand for their services is greatest. The author suggests measures to reduce the impact of seasonal stress on households and health workers. Data were collected in July and August 1984 and focused on Unicef's GOBI-FFF strategy (growth monitoring, oral rehydration, breastfeeding, immunization, food supplements, family planning and female education). Bibliogr., notes, sum. also in French and Spanish.
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