Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2017 introtoglobalhealth cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 550 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380032
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An Introduction to Global Health presents a broad yet detailed overview of population health in developing countries. This text carefully examines the factors that influence a community’s health status, and determines the effectiveness of modern aids solutions against war, governance, and contamination. Essential for university-level students, this provocative book provides answers to questions concerning the disparity between the rise of healthier, richer populations and the continued existence of impoverished, disease-ridden countries.

With Obidimma Ezezika as the new author, this third edition draws on contemporary references, statistics, and figures, rendering its exploration of international health timely and relevant. It also includes a section on topical health issues in light of the new Sustainable Development Goals, and maintains a critical focus on poor population health status, problems of poverty and malnutrition, world debt relief, and human rights interventions.

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Table of Contents


Part I What Is Global Health?
1 An Overview of Global Health
2 A History of International Aid

Part II Why Are Poor Populations Less Healthy Than Rich Ones?
3 The Basic Requirements for a Healthy Life
4 War and Civil Unrest
5 Poverty and Developing World Debt
6 Malnutrition
7 Governance and Human Rights in Developing Countries
8 Water, Sanitation, and Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries

Part III What Are the Types and Extent of Ill Health in Developing Countries?
9 How to Define and Measure Health
10 The Diseases of Adults and Children in Developing Countries

Part IV What Can Be Done to Help?
11 The Structure of the Foreign Aid Industry
12 Primary Health Care Strategies: The Essential Foundation
13 Curative Medical Care and Targeted Programs
14 Poverty Reduction, Debt Relief, and Economic Growth
15 Building Peace, Good Governance, and Social Capital

Part V Other Aspects of Global Health
16 Natural and Humanitarian Disasters and Displaced Populations
17 The Health and Rights of Indigenous Populations

Part VI: Working Safely and Effectively in a Developing Country
18 Planning and Preparing for Safe and Effective Development Work
19 How to Manage a Sustainable Aid Partnership

Copyright Acknowledgements

Michael Seear

Michael Seear is a Staff Physician in the Department of Respiratory/Intensive Care at the Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Michael Seear has been actively involved in international health initiatives for over 25 years. He also teaches at the University of British Columbia.

An Introduction to International Health, 2nd Edition, An Introduction to Global Health, Third Edition

Obidimma Ezezika

Obidimma Ezezika is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Founder of the African Centre for Innovation and Leadership Development, where he leads a number of global health and food security initiatives.


“This text is an excellent overview of global health from a Canadian point of view. It is thorough, current, well-referenced, and eminently readable. The authors have added relevant material on social determinants of health. They weave the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030 throughout, setting the targets against the existing burden of disease.”

—Anne Fanning, Professor Emeritus & Past Coordinator of the Global Health Initiative, University of Alberta

“This new edition of An Introduction to Global Health demonstrates how the universalization of health can be the great human equalizer, humanizer, and socializer. With a strong focus on the health of women and children and closing the gap between the rich and the poor, the book explores critical issues for our time, including how war, poverty, and malnutrition affect health and how working towards justice, equality, and freedom can move us closer to the goal of health for all.”

—Izzeldin Abuelaish, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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