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Title:Morbidity and Mortality in Zimbabwe's Urban Areas: Policy Implications for Social Protection
Author:Bindura-Mutangadura, Gladys
Year:2001
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:16
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:3-22
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:mortality
morbidity
diseases
urban households
Health and Nutrition
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Urbanization and Migration
demography
social welfare
government policy
urban areas
Link:http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/social%20development/vol16no1/jsda016001002.pdf
Abstract:This article, based on a study of 598 randomly selected households, describes the prevalence of morbidity and mortality in three low-income suburbs of Zimbabwe's three major cities: Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare. Results of the study indicate that the reported leading causes of long illness and death are predominantly AIDS related. This calls for social policies and programmes to integrate HIV/AIDS prevention and improve access to treatment for the poor. The study also revealed that households are heavily dependent on informal sources of support to help them cope with adult morbidity and mortality. Therefore policies aimed at strengthening these informal sources of support can help foster the well-being of poor families. Lower-income households are less likely to make use of nationwide public support programmes. The resultant policy implication is that public social support schemes such as health and education support and employment guarantee schemes should be intensified and expanded to generate substantial positive welfare effects by complementing informal resources. Bibliogr., sum.
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