Volume 35, Issue 1 p6-21 (1954)
In this paper, the etiological factors affecting infertility among the Azande tribe of Central Africa are reviewed. Of those factors reviewed, including venereal disease, leprosy, sleeping sickness, endemic goitre, nutrition, voluntary contraception, and malaria none is sufficient to account for a lowering in the fertility rate. The data collected is estimated to be accurate but very limited. The author, however, concludes that there is 1) a low child/adult ratio; 2) a marked female preponderance; and 3) a high infant and child mortality rate. Finally, the people of the tribe are reproducing themselves, though not so prolifically as their former preponderance in this region, or comparison with fertility levels in neighboring tribes, would lead one to expect.
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