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Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2012 an introduction to international health 2e cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
400 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
November 2012
Print ISBN: 9781551304137
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At a time when developed world populations are healthier and richer than they have ever been, why is there still so much poverty and disease in the world? Why do rich countries hold so many poor countries in debt and why do millions of children die every year from avoidable diseases? This new edition attempts to answer these pressing questions.

An Introduction to International Health, Second Edition is a comprehensive and detailed exploration of international health and the modern aid industry. This provocative new edition is masterfully constructed around four essential themes: What is international health? Why is population health so poor in developing countries? What is the extent of the problem? What can be done about it?

The thoroughly updated second edition provides answers to these questions and includes new discussions on war, governance and human rights in developing countries, and the various issues surrounding water, sanitation, and infectious diseases. Solutions are examined via primary health care strategies, poverty alleviation, and developing world debt relief, as well as human rights interventions. Unique to this book is its "how-to" component. The final section discusses how to work safely and effectively in a developing country.

This eye-opening text is an essential read for all those interested in international health.

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Table of Contents

Part I: What is international health?
Chapter 1: An overview of international health
Chapter 2: A history of international aid

Part II: Why are poor populations less healthy than rich ones?
Chapter 3: The basic requirements needed for a healthy life
Chapter 4: War and civil unrest
Chapter 5: Poverty and developing world debt
Chapter 6: Malnutrition
Chapter 7: Governance and human rights in developing countries
Chapter 8: Water, sanitation, and infectious diseases in developing countries

Part III: What are the types and extent of ill health in developing countries?
Chapter 9: The problems of defining and measuring health
Chapter 10: The diseases of adults and children in developing countries

Part IV: What can be done to help?
Chapter 11: The structure of the foreign aid industry
Chapter 12: Primary health care strategies
Chapter 13: Medical care and targeted programs
Chapter 14: Poverty reduction, economic growth, and debt relief
Chapter 15: Building peace and civil society

Part V: Other aspects of international health
Chapter 16: Natural and humanitarian disasters and displaced populations
Chapter 17: The health of Indigenous populations

Part VI: Working safely and effectively in a developing country
Chapter 18: Planning and preparing for safe and effective development work
Chapter 19: How to manage a sustainable aid partnership

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.

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“I think this book is compelling and timely, and very relevant. It has an explicit emphasis on developed nations’ efforts to improve health.”
—  Dennis Raphael, School of Health Policy and Management, York University

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