- Japan Association for African Studies
- アフリカ研究 (ISSN:00654140)
- vol.1972, no.12, pp.15-20, 1972-12-25 (Released:2010-04-30)
The Ethiopia highland is surrounded by desert and tropical forest-rain areas, and the highland itself surpass 2, 000m in average from sea level. Because of this geographic feature, miscellaneous infectious and parasitic diseases are seen in this country depending on the individual locations. There is not only a plenty of oral and respiratory infections of bacterial, rickettsial, protozoal and helminthic diseases, but also various arthropods-transmitted diseases which are scattered widely by various insects vectors. The shortage of medical facilities and staffs in this country prolongs unfortunately prompt improvement of the present situations. It should be moral obligation for the so-called developed countries to relieve inhabitants from these infectious and parasitic diseases. It seems that those who love Ethiopia and Ethiopians should frankly suggest and recommend people the possible means for the improvement from medical and administrative view points. It does not only mean to help the people under miserable conditions, but it does mean to help ourselves, because all of us are equally involved in mankind.