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Health of Africans in Portugal

Portugal provides an interesting historical-socio-political-economic context in which to study African-White differences in birth weight. Though still relatively poor compared to other European countries, Portugal has undergone rapid societal changes since its political revolution in 1974, with dramatic improvements in standards of living. Very little is known about ethnic differences in health in Portugal. We have been examining birth outcomes and adult mortality among Africans living in Portugal. Our results suggest that average birth weights are declining in Portugal and that, contrary to the position in the UK, mean birthweights of African babies are not different from that of Portuguese babies. We are also examining adult cause specific mortality in relation to social factors.

Published Abstracts


Teyhan A, Harding S, Rosato M, Santana P.  High cardiovascular mortality among Africans living in Portugal.   European Journal of Public Health 2005; 15 (Suppl.1): p35



Williamson LM, Rosato M, Teyhan A, Santana P, Harding S. AIDS mortality in African migrants living in Portugal: evidence of large social inequalities. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2009;85:427-31

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Harding S, Teyhan A, Rosato M, Santana P. All cause and cardiovascular mortality in African migrants living in Portugal: evidence of large social inequalities. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation 2008;15:670-6



Harding S, Boroujerdi M, Santana P, Cruickshank K. Decline in, and lack of difference between, birth weights among African and Portuguese babies in Portugal. International Journal of Epidemiology 2006;35:270-276

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Harding S, Santana P, Cruickshank K, Boroujerdi M. Birth weights of Black African babies of migrant and non-migrant mothers living in Portugal. Annals of Epidemiology 2006;16:572-579