Agriculture, malaria and water-associated diseases (2006)

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Malaria, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), and Japanese encephalitis are the major vector-borne diseases whose increase or decrease can be attributed to agricultural water development (see table). Others include dengue fever, yellow fever, and filariasis. Young children in poor communities are particularly affected: malaria is among the top five causes of death among under-fives in Sub-Saharan Africa; schistosomiasis among children affects growth, nutritional status, and cognitive development; and encephalitis occurs mainly in young children.
Language: English
Imprint: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 2020 Focus No 13, May 2006, Brief 6 of 16: Understanding the Links between Agriculture and Health. 2006
Series: Policy brief,