An Ethnographic Look At The Status Of Health Of Women Living In An Urban Squatter Settlement Of Karachi
Pakistan is a populous country with an estimated population of 180,808,000. The high increasing growth rate plays a negative role in the development of Pakistan. Karachi, principal urban has an estimated population of 15 million, which is at present growing at about 5% per year, mainly because of rural-urban internal migration. Poor people have less income to spend on nutritious food, clean water, adequate clothing, shelter and education. This paper is an ethnographic study analyzing the status of married women’s health, of all age groups, living in Ghazi Goth – the squatter settlement. Self reported monthly income was positively related to decreased incidence of illness, cooking frequency per day and self and spousal literacy. Income was dependent on non income factors such as reproductive health status, educational status and nutritional status of women- determinants of health.
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