oa Central African Journal of Medicine - New patterns of african rural health in Rhodesia

Volume 15, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Now that many diseases, such as smallpox, polioymyeIitis, tuberculosis and malaria are gradually coming under control, other conditions begin to assume relatively greater importance in rural communities. An analysis of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in the rural areas shows a pattern of diseases associated with low living standards and predominantly affecting children. These conditions present new problems of control as they require active participation of the people concerned to raise their standards of living and health. The importance of health education as a major weapon in public health activities is emphasised and the vital role of maternal and child welfare clinics is descriptionbed. It is of prime importance that all organisations involved in health work in rural areas should establish such services in the areas under their influence.

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