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Title:AIDS in Zimbabwe: Crisis in Rural Development
Author:Sibanda, Ezilyn
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:rural development
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
AIDS (Disease)
rural-urban migration
cultural change
Abstract:This article examines the spread of AIDS to rural areas in Zimbabwe and its consequences for rural development by analysing economic developments in the colonial period, in particular changes in the division of labour within the family as a result of the migration of men into towns. Women were left behind without access to resources and they remained dependent on their husbands for cash. In town, men began to look for other partners and hence illegitimate polygamous unions abounded. These trilateral relationships were a fertile ground for sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. Although it is widely acknowledged that women are the main crop producers in rural areas, extension workers continue to focus on men and resources are not made available to women. With the spread of HIV to rural women, rural development is seriously threatened. Bibliogr.