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Researcher Explains How Pedestrian Head-loading Affects the Health of Women and Children in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Rukmani Krishna on  June 29, 2013 at 11:52 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
In the widespread absence of basic sanitation services, electricity and affordable/reliable motorised transport across sub-Saharan Africa, women and children play major roles as pedestrian load-transporters.
 Researcher Explains How Pedestrian Head-loading Affects the Health of Women and Children in Sub-Saharan Africa
Researcher Explains How Pedestrian Head-loading Affects the Health of Women and Children in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Professor Kim Buton of the University of Huddersfield, has coauthored an international study to look at the health impacts that this practice can have.

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The majority of loads, including water and firewood for domestic purposes, are carried on the head. Load-carrying has implications not only for school attendance and performance, women's time budgets and gender relations, but arguably also for health and well-being.

The paper reports findings from a comprehensive review of relevant literature, undertaken June-September 2012, focussing particularly on biomechanics, maternal health, and the psycho-social impacts of load-carrying.

Source: Eurekalert
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