Africa: Women’s invisible power
Carrying out research on the mechanisms and treatments of disease in sub-Saharan Africa is often conducted in the most traditional and patriarchal communities. These social structures complicate such processes as gaining consent and giving participants feedback on the findings. But researchers have begun to learn an important lesson: by making an effort to better understand African gender roles and traditions, they — and those who plan health programmes — can help to ensure the success of their projects.
Nordling L. (2017) Africa: Women’s invisible power, Nature 550, S4–S5 (05 October 2017)