Skip to main content

Free Content Impact of chronic lymphatic filariasis on quantity and quality of productive work among weavers in an endemic village from India

Download Article:

You have access to the full text article on a website external to Ingenta Connect.

Please click here to view this article on Wiley Online Library.

You may be required to register and activate access on Wiley Online Library before you can obtain the full text. If you have any queries please visit Wiley Online Library


Summary Objective 

To assess the impact of hydrocele and lymphoedema on the quantity and quality of productive work of weavers. Method 

Case–control study in an endemic village in Andhra Pradesh, India. We collected qualitative data on work activities from cases and age- and sex-matched controls through informal discussions and observation. Results 

The mean (┬▒standard deviation) daily work time of cases was 7.38 h (┬▒2.47), significantly less than that of controls (8.17 ┬▒ 2.41 h). Lost work time was equivalent to around 29 days of work in a year. Gender had significant influence on the mean number of working hours in this occupational group. Most cases could not weave, which is physically demanding, and preferred less strenuous tasks such as spinning, starching, dyeing or sizing. Hard physical labour constitutes 71.5% of total work time among patients and 83.7% in controls. As income also depends on the type of work, cases earn less. Conclusions 

Filariasis has an adverse impact on the productivity of weavers, and morbidity management strategies and control programmes need to take this into account.

Keywords: Andhra Pradesh; India; economic burden; lymphatic filariasis; productivity

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2006

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Partial Open Access Content
Partial Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more