Fancy things, education and variability in self-reported morbidity: The case of adult women in Accra, Ghana

Maame Nketsiah, Harvard School of Public Health

This paper uses data from the women’s health study in Accra, Ghana to investigate the effect of poverty and low educational status on perceived general health, report of chronic conditions and report of infectious conditions. It was found that poorer women were more likely to perceive their general health as poor, while wealthier women were more likely to report having one or more chronic conditions. Report of infectious conditions was lowest among the wealthiest women. Although education did not have statistically significant associations with any morbidity indicator, it showed a gradient with perceived general health - the higher a women’s educational level, the lower their odds of reporting ill-health. The study shows that intra-urban differentials in health exist by socioeconomic status in Accra. Also, the patterns observed are consistent with an epidemiologic transition, which has already been documented in Ghana.

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Presented in Poster Session 4