oa Central African Journal of Medicine - A study of nutritional status, parasitic Infections and Haematology in a farmworker community in Zimbabwe

Volume 30, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A nutritional survey' of a farmworker com' munity in Zimbabwe with low living conditions showed a high prevalence of undernutrition ranging from 34 to 60.7%. About a quarter of the people had second and third degree undernutrition. High prevalences of parasitic infections, particularly intestinal helminths were diagnosed. It is suggested that these infections, could be contributing to the malnutrition observed. Thus, it is recommended that any programme aimed at improving the health status of this fanning community should include measures to control the transmission of the parasites.

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