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Pregnancy in early adolescence has additional harmful effects, from lowbirth-weight babies to premature cessation of the mother's growth, setting in motion an intergenerational cycle. Productivity, family welfare, and poverty reduction Reducing fertility and improving women's health can improve individual productivity and family wellbeing and, particularly when combined with education and access to jobs, can also accelerate a nation's economic development. Women's current contributions are substantial, although only partially reflected in official economic statistics, and their potential is underutilized.
Parents may invest less in girls because they perceive them to have less economic potential, since girls often become part of another family at marriage and generally earn less income. As a result, from infancy, females in many parts of the world receive less food and food of lower quality and are treated less often when sick, and then only at a more advanced stage of disease. In countries where women are less educated, receive less information than men, and have less control over decision-making and family resources, they are also less apt to recognize health problems or to seek care.
Within the family, women bear principal responsibility for maintaining the home and caring for society's dependentschildren and the elderly. They collect water and fuel (Tanzanian women, for example, use up to 20 percent of their caloric intake collecting water) cook for and feed the family, and perform other tasks essential to household maintenance. As the principal providers of family health care, women tend to the sick and disabled and protect chil- Page 8 dren's health. Although not officially recognized as health workers, women are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of all the health care provided in developing countries.
Women's Health and Nutrition: Making a Difference (World Bank Discussion Paper) (No 256) by Anne & Daly, Patricia & Green, Cynthia & Saxenian, Helen Tinker