Health Situation of Women and Children in Central African Pygmy Peoples - May 2006

Excerpt of article by Dorothy Jackson of the Forest Peoples Programme (May 2006): "...Pygmy peoples’ health situation is changing due to changes in their traditional forest-based hunter-gatherer livelihoods and culture. Logging, farming, infrastructure projects and the creation of protected areas are restricting Pygmy peoples’ access to forest resources; many Pygmy groups are spending more time in road-side settlements, have closer contact with neighbouring ‘Bantu’ farming communities and are more involved in farming, wage labour and the cash economy. These changes are most pronounced in the Great Lakes region where most of the Twa communities have had to abandon a forest-based lifestyle, and have become landless and impoverished. Pygmy peoples’ health situation is also affected by the negative stereotyping, exclusion and subjugation they encounter from their neighbours and dominant society. This article looks at the way environmental and social factors impact on Pygmy women and children’s health, and the health of Pygmy communities in general..."

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