Monday, January 21, 2013

Dr. Alexander conducted surveys this past summer in Chobe District with Mr. Mpho Ramatadima . Many households are run by women who have unique problems when water quality affects the health of their children. Many  do not have readily available support systems and must take time off work to seek medical care for their children. While it is well understood that men travel for wage employment leaving families behind, women also leave for wage employment and with them, often, they bring their children with them. These women must handle the needs of the family and work simultaneously. Health dynamics can impact these single headed households profoundly.  Understanding women's problems and their needs will be pivotal in developing gender sensitive interventions for improved rural livelihoods.

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