The perspective of gender on the Ebola virus using a risk management and population health framework: a scoping review.

Author:

Nkangu, M.N., Olatunde, O.A. and Yaya, S.,

Editor:

Date:

2017

Region:

Africa

Theme:

Gender and Pandemics

Language:

English

Publisher:

Full Harvard Reference:

Nkangu, M.N., Olatunde, O.A. and Yaya, S., (2017). The perspective of gender on the Ebola virus using a risk management and population health framework: a scoping review. Infectious diseases of poverty, 6(1), pp.1-9. 

This paper discusses Ebola-related risk factors, which constantly interact with cultural values, and provides an insight into the link between gender and the risk of contracting infectious diseases, using Ebola virus as an example within Africa. Exposure to the virus differed according to gender, with women at increased exposure due to domestic and caring responsibilities while men’s increased vulnerability to the virus occurred through livestock caring and hunting responsibilities. The paper concludes by arguing that gender is an important risk factor to consider in the design of health programmes.