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IN HER LIFETIME

Female Morbidity and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

Committee to Study Female Morbidity and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

Christopher P. Howson, Polly F. Harrison, Dana Hotra, and MaureenLaw, Editors

Board on International Health

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1996

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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

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The Institute of Medicine was chartered in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to enlist distinguished members of the appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. In this the Institute acts under the Academy's 1863 congressional charter responsibility to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Kenneth I. Shine is President of the Institute of Medicine.

The project was supported by funds from the Carnegie Corporation (contract nos. B-5269 and D-93065). Additional project support was provided by the Special Programme of Research, Development, and Research Training in Human Reproduction, World Health Organization (contract no. HQ/93/043301); the Kellogg Endowment Fund; and the National Research Council's NAS/NAE independent funds and IOM independent funds.

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COMMITTEE TO STUDY FEMALE MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

MAUREEN LAW (Chair), Director General,

Health Sciences Division, International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

UCHE AMAZIGO, Visiting Professor,

Department of Zoology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State

JUDITH FORTNEY, Corporate Director,

Scientific Affairs, and

Director,

Division of Reproductive Epidemiology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

PHILIP L. GRAITCER, Associate Professor,

Center for Injury Control, Rollings School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia

FRANCOISE F. HAMERS, EIS Officer,

Division of STD/HIV Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

H. KRISTIAN HEGGENHOUGEN, Associate Professor,

Department of Social Medicine, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

KARUNGARI KIRAGU, Research and Evaluation Officer,

Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland

JOANNE LESLIE, Adjunct Assistant Professor,

University of California at Los Angeles, School of Public Health, and

Co-Director,

Pacific Institute for Women's Health, Los Angeles, California

WALINJOM F. T. MUNA, Director,

General Hospital of Yaounde, Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon

JONATHAN E. MYERS, Director,

Occupational Health Research Unit, Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

BENJAMIN O. OSUNTOKUN, Professor,

Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (Deceased)

PATIENCE W. STEPHENS, Demographer,

the World Bank, Resident Mission, Accra, Ghana

JUDITH N. WASSERHEIT, Director,

Division of STD/HIV Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

BELMONT E. O. WILLIAMS, Professor,

Clark Atlanta University, and

Assistant Clinical Professor,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, More house School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Project Staff

CHRISTOPHER P. HOWSON, Project Director

POLLY F. HARRISON, Senior Program Officer

DANA HOTRA, Research Associate

DELORES SUTTON, Project Assistant

JAMAINE TINKER, Financial Associate

CAROLINE MCEUEN, Contract Editor

BERYL BENDERLY, Contract Writer

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Dedication

The Committee to Study Female Morbidity and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa dedicates this report to Patricia Rosenfield and Rosalee Karefa-Smart of The Carnegie Corporation. Their vision, hard work, and strong commitment to the life span perspective and female health made this project possible.

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Acknowledgments

Although this book is cited as a report of the Committee to Study Female Morbidity and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa, the committee chair and Institute of Medicine wish to acknowledge the following committee members, IOM staff, and outside experts as primary authors: Chapter 1 (Beryl Benderly, consultant science writer; Polly Harrison; Christopher Howson); Chapter 2 (Kristian Heggenhougen; Polly Harrison; Dana Hotra); Chapter 3 (Joanne Leslie; Bibi Essama, University of California at Los Angeles); Chapter 4 (Judith Fortney; Karungari Kiragu); Chapter 5 (Benjamin Osuntokun); Chapter 6 (John Orley and Giovanni de Girolamo, World Health Organization); Chapter 7 (Walinjom Muna); Chapter 8 (Philip Graitcer); Chapter 9 (Jonathan Myers); Chapter 10 (Uche Amazigo); Chapter 11 (Judith Wasserheit; Francoise Hamers); and Appendix A (Christine Costello, National Academy of Sciences; Douglas Ewbank, University of Pennsylvania; Christopher Howson; Patience Stephens). For their part, the committee gratefully acknowledges the valuable contributions of the following people to their report: F. C. Okafor, Maureen Obi, and N. Ivoke, University of Nigeria, for their help with Chapter 10; Richard Rothenberg and Sevgi Aral, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their insightful comments and suggestions regarding Chapter 11; and Susan Scrimshaw, University of Illinois at Chicago, for her sage editorial advice on the report as a whole. The committee owes a special debt of gratitude to Caroline McEuen, contract editor, for her substantive and creative editing of the final document.

The committee also thanks those individuals whose vision and hard work contributed to the early development of this project in 1986, including Polly Harrison, Jill Gay, April Powers, and Belkis Giorgis, Institute of Medicine; Susan Scrimshaw, University of Illinois at Chicago; Judith Bruce, the Population Council; Elayne Clift, Academy for Educational Development; Carol Corillon, National Academy of Sciences; Joan Dunlop, International Women's Health Coalition; Patrice Engle, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama; Ruth Bamela Engo-Tjega, Labor Ministry-Cameroon; Benjamin Gyepi-Garbah, Barbara Hertz, and Althea Hill, the World Bank; Don Hopkins, the Carter Center; Sandra Huffman, Center to Prevent Childhood Malnutrition; Angela Kamara, Columbia University; Marjorie Koblinsky, the Ford Foundation; Michael Latham, Cornell University; Haydee Lopez, Chilean Medical Association; Cathie Lyons, The United Methodist Church; Ken McIntosh, Harvard Medical School; Henry Mosely, The Johns Hopkins University; Isabel Nieves, the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama; Judy Norsigian and Norma Svenson, Boston Women's Health Book Collective; Adhiambo Odaga, Oxford University; Chloe O'Gara, U.S. Agency for International Development; Freda Paltiel, Canadian Ministry of Health; Barbara Pillsbury, University of California at Los Angeles; Barry Popkin, University of North Carolina; Eva Rathgeber, International Development Research Centre; Allan

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Rosenfield, Columbia University; Nawal El Saadawi and Irene Santiago, Oxfam; Judith Timyan, International Center for Research on Women; and Ann Tinker, the World Bank.

The committee also thanks the many people who provided information, critical analysis, advice, and informal review in the last two years of the project, including Margaret R. Becklake, McGill University; Mark Belsey, World Health Organization; Ronald Blanton, Case Western Reserve University; Barry Bloom, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Lita Curtis, Institute of Medicine; Aleya El-Bindari Hammad, World Health Organization; Lori Heise, Pacific Institute for Women's Health; Kenneth Hill, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health; King Holmes, University of Washington; Niki Jazdowska; Eileen Kennedy, International Food Policy Research Institute; Mere Kisekka, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria; Claude Lenfant, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Adetokunbo Lucas, Harvard School of Public Health; Deborah Maine, Columbia School of Public Health; Violaine Mitchell, Institute of Medicine; Jane Mutambirwa, University of Zimbabwe; Elena Nightingale, Carnegie Corporation of New York; Obioma Nnaemeka, University of Minnesota; Frederick Robbins, Case Western Reserve University; Jeanne Stellman, International Labor Organization; and Tomris Turmen and Carol Vlassoff, World Health Organization.

The committee would also like to thank individuals within the Institute of Medicine whose support was instrumental to the project. These include Christopher P. Howson, Study Director; Polly F. Harrison, Senior Program Officer; Dana Hotra, Research Associate, and Dee Sutton, Project Assistant, who typed volumes, arranged travel, and organized and assisted at meetings. Others within the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences who were instrumental in seeing the project to completion were Kenneth I. Shine, IOM President, who provided invaluable editorial advice at a key juncture in report preparation; Enriqueta C. Bond and Karen Hein, IOM Executive Officers; Susan M. Wyatt and Jamaine Tinker, Financial Associates; Mary Pat Nowack, Contract Specialist; Sharon Scott-Brown, Administrative Assistant; Michael Edington, Editor; and Betsy Turvene, Consultant. The committee is especially grateful to Claudia Carl, Administrative Associate, for her expert help in coordinating the outside review of this manuscript.

In particular, the committee would like to thank Timothy Rothermel of the United Nations Development Programme, and Paul Van Look, Einar Roed, and Guiseppe Benagiano of the Human Reproduction Programme, World Health Organization, for their help in securing additional funds for this project.

Finally, it is with great sadness that committee and staff note the death of Benjamin O. Osuntokun, Professor of Neurology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, on 23 September 1995. His expertise, hard work, and graciousness as a physician and member of this committee were key to the success of this project. We will miss you, Ben.

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 Conclusions

 

114

   

 Research Needs

 

116

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NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS

 

123

   

 Life Span Perspective

 

123

   

 Toxic and Nutritional Disorders of the Nervous System

 

123

   

 Headache Syndromes

 

126

   

 Cerebrovascular Diseases and Use of Oral Contraceptives

 

127

   

 Other Neurological Disorders

 

128

   

 Conclusions

 

129

   

 Research Needs

 

129

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MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

 

136

   

 Mental Health and Mental Illness in Africa: General Issues

 

136

   

 Gender Differences in the Rate, Course, and Outcomes of Mental Disorders: Global Issues

 

138

   

 The Epidemiologic Evidence in Africa

 

139

   

 Gender Differences in Africa for all Psychological Disorders

 

139

   

 Affective and Neurotic Disorders

 

140

   

 Schizophrenia

 

142

   

 Psychological Disorders in General Medical Settings

 

144

   

 Psychological Disorders in Pregnancy and the Puerperium

 

147

   

 Conclusions

 

148

   

 Research Needs

 

149

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CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES, CANCERS, AND CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASES

 

152

   

 Cardiovascular Diseases

 

153

   

 Cancers

 

159

   

 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases

 

162

   

 Conclusions

 

163

   

 Research Needs

 

164

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INJURY

 

169

   

 Definitions

 

170

   

 Injuries Worldwide

 

170

   

 Injuries in the Developing World

 

171

   

 Injury Patterns in Developing Countries

 

171

   

 Life Span Approach

 

173

   

 Violence Against Females—A Growing Public Health Problem

 

177

   

 Conclusions

 

179

   

 Research Needs

 

180

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OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

 

183

   

 Women's Work in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

183

   

 Women and Work in Historical Context

 

185

   

 Problems of Definition

 

186

   

 The Nature of Occupational and Environmental Health Problems

 

188

   

 Life Span Approach

 

189

   

 Nature of the Evidence

 

191

   

 Conclusions

 

195

   

 Research Needs

 

197

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NOTE: This map, which has been prepared solely for the convenience of readers, does not purport to express political boundaries or relationships. The scale is a composite of several forms of projection.

SOURCE: Reprinted, with permission, from National Research Council, Social Dynamics of Adolescent Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa. Copyright 1993 by the National Academy of Sciences.

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The relative lack of information on determinants of disease, disability, and death at major stages of a woman's lifespan and the excess morbidity and premature mortality that this engenders has important adverse social and economic ramifications, not only for Sub-Saharan Africa, but also for other regions of the world as well. Women bear much of the weight of world production in both traditional and modern industries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, women contribute approximately 60 to 80 percent of agricultural labor. Worldwide, it is estimated that women are the sole supporters in 18 to 30 percent of all families, and that their financial contribution in the remainder of families is substantial and often crucial.

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