Literature Database on Gender in Subsahara Africa

Literature on health

Africa OverviewAngolaBenin
BotswanaBurkina FasoBurundi
CameroonCentral African RepublicChad
D.R. Congo / ZaireDjiboutiEquatorial Guinea
EritreaEthiopiaGabon
GambiaGhanaGuinea
Guinea BisseauIvory CoastKenya
LesothoLiberiaMadagascar
MalawiMaliMauritius
MozambiqueNamibiaNiger
NigeriaRwandaSenegal
Sierra LeoneSomaliaSouth Africa
South SudanSudanSwaziland / Eswatini
TanzaniaThe CongoTogo
UgandaZambiaZimbabwe

Africa Overview

Allison, Caroline (1985): Health and education for development: African women’s status and prospects, in: Rose, Tore (ed.): Crisis and recovery in Sub-Sahran Africa, Paris, pp. 111-123. [5000]

Falola, Toyin / Heaton, Matthew (eds.) (2007): Endangered bodies, Women, children and health in Africa, Africa World Press, Trenton. [5001]

Kalipeni, Ezkiel / Thiuri, Philip (eds.) (1997): Issues and perspectives on health care in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston. [5002]

Karim, Abdool Quarraisa / Froehlich, Janet (eds.) (2000): African women’s health, Africa World Press, Trenton. [5003]

Raikes, A. (1989): Women`s health in East Africa, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 28, pp. 447-459. [5004]

Shelley, Karen (1997): Impacts on health status of African women and children, 1978-1994, in: Kalipeni, Ezekiel / Thiuri, Philip (eds.): Issues and perspectives on health care in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, pp. 179-193. [5005]

Stein, Howard / Fadlalla, Amal Hassan (eds.) (2012): Gendered insecurities, Health and development in Africa, Routledge, London. [5006]

Trasi, Reshma (2008): Leadership for women’s health in Africa, The parlamentarians for women’s health project, in: Gender and Development, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 495-508. [5007]

Turshen, Meredeth (ed.) (1991): Women and health in Africa, Africa World, Trenton. [5008]


Angola

Carvalho, A. and Laudari, C. and Marini, M. and Faundes, A. (1996): Characteristics of contraceptive acceptors in Luanda, Angola, in: African Journal of Fertility, Sexuality and Reproductive Health, vol. 1, pp. 109-114. [5009]

Odberg Pettersson, Karen and Christensson et al. (2004): Adaptation of health care seeking behavior during childbirth: Focus group discussions with women living in the suburban areas of Luanda, Angola, in: Health Care for Women International, vol. 25, pp. 255-280. [5010]

Schaider, J. / Ngonyani, S. / Tomlin, S. / Rydman, R. / Roberts, R. (1999): International maternal mortality reduction: Outcome of traditional birth attendant education and intervention in Angola, in: Journal of Medical Systems, vol. 23, pp. 99-105. [5011]


Benin

Hounsa, Assomption Maghougbe / Godin, Gaston et al. (1993): An application of Ajzen’s theory of planned behaviour to predict mother’s intnetion to use oral rehydration therapy in a rural area of Benin, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 253-261. [5012]

Sargent, Carolyn (1986): Prospects for the professionalisation of indigenous midwifery in Benin, in: Last, Murray / Chavunduka, G.L. (eds.): The professionalisation of African Medicine, Mancester University Press, Manchester, pp. 137-149. [5013]

Sargent, Carolyn (1989): Women's roles and women healers in contemporary rural and urban Benin, In: McClain, Carol S. (ed.): Women as healers: Cross-cultural perspectives, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, pp. 204-218. [5014]


Botswana

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Burkina Faso

Dong, H. / Kouyate, B. et al. (2003): Gender's effect on willingness-to-pay for community-based insurance in Burkina Faso, in: Health Policy, vol. 64, pp. 153-162. [5015]

Sauerborn, Rainer / Berman, P. / Nougtara, A. (1996): Age bias, but no gender bias in the intra-household resource allocation for health care in rural Burkina Faso, in: Health Transition Review, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 131-146. [5016]

Wollast, E. (2001): Detecting maternal morbidity and mortality by traditional birth attendants in Burkina Faso, in: Health Policy and Planning, vol. 8, pp. 161-168 [5017]


Burundi

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Cameroon

Defo, B.K. (1997): Effects of socio-economic disadvantage and women’s status on women’s health in Cameroon, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 40, pp. 1023-1042. [5018]

Kosack, Godula (2000): Wie gehen die Mafa-Frauen (Nordkamerun) mit Krankheit um? in: Curare, 23, 1, pp. 25-40. [5019]


Central African Republic

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Chad

no entries to this combination of country and topic


D.R. Congo / Zaire

Kornfield, Ruth (1985): I'm sick... I'm coming, Illness among Zairian elite women, WID Working Papers, no. 101, Michigan State University, East Lansing. [5020]


Djibouti

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Equatorial Guinea

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Eritrea

Almedon, Astier / Tesfamicheael, Berhe et al. (2003): Maternal psychological well-being in Eritrea, in: Bulletin of World Health Organization, vol. 81, no. 5, pp. 360-366. [5021]

Burgess, Doris (1991): Women and health in Eritrea, in: Wallace, Tina / March, Candida (eds.): Changing perceptions, Writings on gender and development, Oxfam Publications, Oxford, pp. 210-209. [5022]

Mebrahtu, Saba (2000): What we need is timely assistance: Heavy workloads and safe motherhood in Eritrea, in: Turshen, Meredeth (ed.): African women's health, Africa World Press, Trenton. [5023]


Ethiopia

Berhane, Yemane / Gossaye, Y. et al. (2001): Women's health in a rural setting in societal transition in Ethiopia, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 53, pp. 1525-1539. [5024]

Dugassa, B.F. (2005): Women's rights and health: The case of Oromo women in Ethiopia, in: Health Care for Women International, vol. 26, pp. 149-169. [5025]


Gabon

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Gambia

Barrett, Hazel / Browne, Angela (1992): Beri-Beri: Age-gender bias in the Gambia, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 34, pp. 1295-1297. [5026]

Barrett, Hazel / Browne, Angela (1996): Health, hygiene and maternal education: Evidence from The Gambia, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 43, pp. 1579-1590. [5027]

Beckerleg, S. (1994): Gender, work and illness: The influence of a research unit on an agricultural community in the Gambia, in: Health Policy and Planning, vol. 9, pp. 419-428. [5028]


Ghana

Allman, Jean (1994): Making mothers: Missionaries, medical officers and women's work in Colonial Asante, 1925-1945, in: History Workshop Journal, vol. 38, pp. 23-47. [5029]

Avotri, Joyce Y. / Walters, Vivienne (1999): ‘You just look at our work and see if you have any freedom on earth’: Ghanaian women's accounts of their work and their health, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 48, pp. 123-1133. [5030]

Avotri, Joyce Y. / Walters, Vivienne (2001): ‘We women worry a lot about our husbands’: Ghanaian women talking about their health and their relationships with men, in: Journal of Gender Studies, vol. 10, pp. 197-211. [5031]

Buor, Daniel (2004): Determinants of utilisation of health services by women in rural and urban areas in Ghana, in: Geo Journal, vol. 61, pp. 89-102. [5032]

Greenstreet, Mirinda (1991): Functional literacy and health education for women in Ghana: A case study, in: Adult Education and Development, vol. 36, pp. 133-144. [5033]

Nowak, Joanne (2009): Gendered perceptions of migration among skilled female Ghanaian nurses, in: Gender and Development, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 269-280. [5034]

Williamson, David et al. (2004): Gender differences in an emerging health profession, Ghanaian women as itinerant drug vendors, in: African and Asian Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 77-91. [5035]


Guinea

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Guinea Bisseau

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Ivory Coast

Guillaume, Agnes (1991): Women, children and health in Cote d'Ivoire, in: Turshen Meredeth (ed.): Women and health in Africa, Africa World Press, Trenton, pp. 169-186. [5036]


Kenya

Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, Mary (1998): Willing the spirits to reveal themselves: Rural Kenyan mother's responsibility to restore their children's health, in: Medical Anthropology Quarterly, vol. 12, pp. 490-502. [5037]

Kanogo, Tabitha (2001): The medicalization of maternity in colonial Kenya, in: Odhiambo, Atieno (ed.): African historians and African voices, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel, pp. 75-113. [5038]

Opole, Monica (1991): Women`s indigenous knowledge base in the translation of nutritional and medical value of ediable local plants in Western Kenya, in: Prah, Kwesi (ed.): Culture, Gender, Science and technology in Africa, Harp Publishers, Windhoek, pp. 81-95. [5039]


Lesotho

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Liberia

Buelow, George (1981): Eve’s rib, Association membership and mental health among Kru women, in: Liberian Studies Journal, vol. 9, pp. 23-33. [5040]

Moore, Owen / Moore Rheinhart, K. (1985): Women and the healing arts in Liberia, A traditional health care delivery system in transition, in: Anthropology, vol. 14, pp. 27-40. [5041]


Madagascar

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Malawi

Hogg, Angela / Makwiza, Berlina et al. (2005): Finding a curriculum that works under trees: Literacy and health education for adolescent girls in rural Malawi, in: Development in Practice, vol. 15, pp. 655-667. [5042]


Mali

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Mauritius

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Mozambique

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Namibia

Nangolo, Lydia / Peltzer, Karl (2003): Violence against women and its mental health consequences in Namibia, in: Gender and Behaviour, vol. 1, pp. 16-33. [5043]


Niger

Jaffre, Yannick / Prual, Alain (1994): Midwives in Niger, An uncomfortable position between social behaviours and health care constraits, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1069-1073. [5044]

Rasmussen, Susan J. (1994): Female sexuality, social reproduction, and the politics of medical intervention in Northern Niger, in: Culture, Medicine and Psychatry, vol. 19, pp. 1-20. [5045]

Rasmussen, Susan J. (1997): Gender and ethnicity in health care, The case or Tuareg women in Niger, in: Rosander, Eva (ed.): Transforming female identities, Women’s organisational forms in West Africa, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, pp. 115-143. [5046]

Rasmussen, Susan J. (1998): Only women know trees, Medicine women and the role of herbal healing in Tuareg culture, in: Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 54, pp. 147-171. [5047]

Rasmussen, Susan J. (2000): From childbearers to culture-bearers: Transition to postchildbearing among Tuareg women, in: Medical Anthropology, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 91-116. [5048]

Rasmussen, Susan J. (2000): Exhaulted mothers, Gender, aging and post childbearing experience in a Tuareg community, in: Hodgson, Dorothy (ed.): Rethinking pastoralism in Africa, Gender, culture and the myth of the patriarchal pastoralist, James Currey, Oxford, pp. 186-206. [5049]

Rasmussen, Susan J. (2006): Those who touch, Tuareg medicine women in anthropological perspective, Northern Illionois University Press, De Kalb/Urbana. [5050]


Nigeria

Abah, Steve Oga (2002): Playing in the dust, Gender games and women’s health in Nigeria, in: Cornwall, Andrea / Welbourn, Alice (eds.): Realizing rights, Transforming approaches to sexual and reproductive well-being, Zed Books, London, pp. 73-83. [5051]

Adepoju, Adunola / Aina, O.I. et al. (2002): The culture of male supremacy and emergency obstetric care, The Nigerian experience, in: African Anthropologist, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 157-182. [5052]

Chiwuzie, J.C. / Okolocha, C. (2001): Traditional belief systems and maternal mortality in a semi-urban community in Southern Nigeria, in: African Journal of Reproductive Health, vol. 5, pp. 75-82. [5053]

Iyun, Bose (1995): The impact of structural adjustment on maternal and child health in Nigeria, in: Thomas-Emeagwali, Gloria (ed.): Women pay the price: Structural adjustment in Africa and the Caribbean, Africa World Press, Trenton. [5054]

Lewis, I.M. / Al-Safi, A. / Hurreiz, S. (eds.) (1991): Women’s medicine, The Zar-Bori cult in Africa and beyond, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. [5055]

MacLean, U. (1997): Folk medicine and fertility, Aspects of Yourba medical practice affecting women, in: Harcort, Wendy (ed.) Power, reproduction and gender: Intergenerational transfer of knowledge, Zed Books, London, pp. 161-179. [5056]

Odimegwu, Clifford (2001): Tradition and health: The predicament of female adolescents among the Igbo, in: Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 284-300. [5057]

Okafor, Chinyelu B./ Rizzuto, Rahna R. (1994): Women's and health-care providers' views of maternal practices and services in rural Nigeria, in: Studies in Family Planning, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 353-361 [5058]

Okojie, Christina (1995): Environmental hazards and the health status of women and children in a Riverine Community in Nigeria: Nikrowa in Edo State, in: Journal of Social Development in Africa, vol. 10, pp. 25-35 [5059]

Okunribido, Osibamke (1997): Cultural perceptions of diarrhea and illness management choices among Yoruba mothers in Oyo State, Nigeria, in: International Quarterly of Community Health, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 309-318. [5060]

Owoh, Kenna (1995): Gender and health in Nigerian structural adjustment, Rae Lesser (ed.): Engendering wealth and well-being: Empowerment for global change, Westview Press, Boulder, pp. 181-194. [5061]

Wall, Lewis (1998): The social context of maternal mobidity and morality among the Hausa of Northern Nigeria, in: Studies in Family Planning, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 61-89. [5062]


Rwanda

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Senegal

Foley, Ellen E. (2001): No money, no care, Women and health sector reform in Senegal, in: Urban Anthropology, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 1-50. [5065]


Sierra Leone

Jambai, A, Mac Cormack, C. (1996): Maternal health, war and religious tradition: Autorative knowledge in Pujehun district, Sierra Leone, in: Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 10, 2, pp. 270-286. [5063]

MacCormack, Carol (1997): Health, fertility and birth in Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, in: Harcort, Wendy (ed.) Power, reproduction and gender: Intergenerational transfer of knowledge, Zed Books, London, pp. 75-114. [5064]


Somalia

Mugambi, Jane (2017): Improving the health outcomes of Somali women, a collaborative diabetes prevention project, in: Jenda, 31. [5066]


South Africa

Artz, L. / Smythe, D. / Combrinck, H. et al. (2006): Caught between policy and practice, Health and justice responses to gender based-violene, Crime, Violence and Injury Review, Medical Research Council, Cape Town. [5067]

Cunnan, Priscilla (1997): Family planning in an informal settlement, the case of Canaan in Durban, South Africa, in: Kalilpeni, Ezekiel / Thuiri, Philip (eds.): Issues and perspectives on health care in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, pp. 165-177. [5068]

Human Rights Watch (1997): South Africa, Violence against women and the medico legal system, Human Rights Watch Publications, vol. 9, no. 4A, New York. [5069]

Moodley, Vadi (1997): The health status of women in a South African peri-urban settlement, The case of Amadawe, in: Kalilpeni, Ezekiel / Thuiri, Philip (eds.): Issues and perspectives on health care in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, pp. 179-193. [5070]

Morgen, Ruth (2003): ‘I’ve got two men and one woman’, Ancestors, sexuality and identity among same-sex identified women traditional healers in South Africa, in: Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 375-391. [5071]


South Sudan

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Sudan

Constantinides, Pamela (1978): Women's spirit possession and urban adaptation in the Muslim northern Sudan, Caplan, Patricia / Burja, Janet (eds.): Women united, women divided, Cross-cultural perspectives on female solidarity, Tavistock Publications, London, pp. 185-206. [5072]

Constantinides, Pamela (1985): Women heal women, Spirit possession and sexual segretation in a Muslim society, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 685-692. [5073]

Groteberg, Edith (1990): Mental health aspects of Zar for women in Sudan, in: Rotheblum, Esther D. / Cole, Ellen (eds.): Women's mental health in Africa, Heinemann Publishers, Harrington Park Press, New York, pp. 15-24. [5075]

Gruenbaum, Ellen (1990): Nuer women in southern Sudan: health, reproduction, and work, Michigan State University (WID working paper, 215) East Lansing. [5074]

Lewis, I.M. / Al-Safi, Ahmed / Hurreiz, Sayyid (eds.) (1991): Women’s medicine, The zar-bori cult in Africa and beyond, Edingburg University Press, Edingburgh. [5076]


Swaziland / Eswatini

Gort, Enid (1997): Swazi traditional healers, role transformation, and gender, in: Mikell, Gwendolon (ed.): African feminism: the politics of survival in Sub-Saharan Africa, Philadelphia, pp. 298-309. [5079]

Green, Edward (1989): Mystical black power, The calling to diviner mediumship in Southern Africa, in: Shepheard, Caroline et al. (eds.): Women as healers, Cross-cultural perspectives, London, pp. 186-200. [5078]

Nxumalo, Mamane (2000): On women and health in Swaziland, in: Forster, Peter / Nsibande, Bongani (eds.): Contemporary social and economic issues, Ashgate Publishers, Aldershot. [5077]


Tanzania

Lansdown, R.G. / Bundy, D.A. et al. (1998): Implications for school-based health programmes of age and gender patterns in the Tanzanian primary school, in: Tropical Medicine and International Health, vol. 3, issue 3, pp. 850-853. [5080]

Lugalla, Joe (1995): The impact of structural adjustment on women’s and children’s health in Tanzania, in: Review of African Political Economy, no. 63, pp. 43-53. [5081]

Obrist, van Eeuwijk, B. (1997): Health definitions of women in a low-standard settlement of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in: Gottschalk-Batschkus, Ch. / Schuler, J. Iding, D. (eds.): Frauen und Gesundheit, Ethnomedizinische Perspektiven, Curare Sonderband, 11, VWB Verlag, Berlin, pp. 71-77. [5082]

Silberschmidt, Margarethe / Rasch, Vibeke (2001): Adolescent girls, illegal abortions and „suggar daddies“ in Dar es Salaam: Vulnerable victims and active social agents, in: Social Science and Medicine, vol. 52, pp. 1815-1826. [5083]


The Congo

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Togo

no entries to this combination of country and topic


Uganda

CODESRIA (2008): The influence of cultural practices and gender dynamics in materal mortality in Uganda, Annotated Bibliography, Dakar. [5084]

Hegarty, Trish (1996): Health care in a shoestring: The impact of debt in Uganda, in: Lieshout, Mary Van (ed.): A women’s world, Beyond the headlines, Attic Press, Dublin, pp. 51-60. [5085]

Kisembo, Agnes (2000): Accessability and utilization of reproductive health information and services, A case of women with disabilities in Mbara District, Occasional Paper, no. 13, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Kampala. [5086]

Wakhweya, Angela (1999): Women’s health and human rights in Uganda, ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’, in: Fox, Diana / Hasci, Naima (eds.): The challenges of women’s activism and human rights in Africa, The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, pp. 266-286. [5087]


Zambia

Loh, Cindy (2003): Assessing culturally bound beliefs related to diarreal diseases among rural women, Chipata District, Zambia, in: International Quarterly of Community Health Education, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 257-269. [5088]

Ndubani, P. / Hojer, B. (1999): Traditional healers and the treatment of sexually transmitted illnesses in rural Zambia, in: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 67, pp. 15-25. [5089]

Nyashanu, Mathew/Ikhile, Deborah/Thamary, Karonga/Chireshe, Rumbidzai (2020): The impact of COVID-19 lockdown in a developing country, Narratives of self-employed women in Ndola, Zambia, In: Health Care for Women International, vol 41, issue 11-12, pp. 1370-1383. [11621]

Schuster, Ilsa (1981): Perspectives in development: The problem of nurses and nursing in Zambia, in: Nelson, Nici (ed.): African women in the development process, London, pp. 77-98. (and published in Journal of Development Studies, vol. 17, pp. 77-90) [5090]

Wright, Marcia (1988): Women and children's health in Southern Africa: A reconnaisance in Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, in: Wright, Marcia / Stein, Zena A. / Scandlyn, Jean (eds.): Women's health and apartheid: The health of women and children and the future of progressive primary health care in Southern Africa, Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 143-158. [5091]


Zimbabwe

Hanmar, Lucia (1994): Welfare and user free finance health care? The impact of gender on policy outcomes, Theory and evidence from Zimbabwe, ISS Working Paper no. 180, Institute of Social Studies, Den Haag. [5092]

Rowley, Chishamiso (2000): Challenges to effective maternal health care delivery, The case of traditional certified nurse midwives in Zimbabwe, in: Journal of Asian and African Studies, vol. 35, pp. 251-263. [5093]

Wright, Marcia (1988): Women and children's health in Southern Africa: A reconnaisance in Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, in: Wright, Marcia / Stein, Zena A. / Scandlyn, Jean (eds.): Women's health and apartheid: The health of women and children and the future of progressive primary health care in Southern Africa, Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 143-158. [5094]

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