n African Renaissance - Socio-economic effects of cardiovascular diseases on rural women and their families : a qualitative study of rural Zimbabwe as pointer of African communities

Volume 16 Number Special Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The burden of cardiovascular diseases in women is projected to increase in most middle to low-income countries. These diseases have a high impact on the quality of life for rural women as they have various social roles they assume in their societies as mothers, daughters, wives and employees. This study endeavoured to investigate the perceived effects of cardiovascular diseases in the life of rural women and their families, in rural Zimbabwe. A qualitative approach was adopted to guide the data collection and analysis of the study. The findings of the study are that CVD would negatively affect rural women in that some of the conditions might leave them financially challenged, physically incapacitated, socially isolated, depressed and also stigmatised. This study suggested that there should be support groups, counselling and financial assistance by various stakeholders for rural women and their family members suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

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