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|Title:||Gender Differences in an Emerging Health Profession: Ghanaian Women as Itinerant Drug Vendors|
|Authors:||Williamson, David A.|
Pillai, Vijayan K.
Oppong, Joseph R.
|Periodical:||African and Asian Studies|
Health and Nutrition
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
|Abstract:||The analysis in this paper is based on a sample of 517 itinerant drug vendors (IDVs) who were interviewed in Ghana during the summer of 1997. IDVs are health care entrepreneurs who provide inexpensive services in medically underserved areas. The authors describe the differences between men and women IDVs in order to assess 1) their potential to improve health services and 2) the possibility that sex segregation may be lessened in this innovative new profession, allowing women to make a greater contribution to health services delivery. Results indicate that IDVs may be a relatively untapped health resource, but segregation remains strong, thus their full potential is hampered, as it is in institutionalized biomedicine. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]|