An Introduction to International Health, 2nd Edition
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.
Table of Contents
Part I: What is international health?Chapter 1: An overview of international healthChapter 2: A history of international aidPart II: Why are poor populations less healthy than rich ones?Chapter 3: The basic requirements needed for a healthy lifeChapter 4: War and civil unrestChapter 5: Poverty and developing world debtChapter 6: MalnutritionChapter 7: Governance and human rights in developing countriesChapter 8: Water, sanitation, and infectious diseases in developing countriesPart III: What are the types and extent of ill health in developing countries?Chapter 9: The problems of defining and measuring healthChapter 10: The diseases of adults and children in developing countriesPart IV: What can be done to help?Chapter 11: The structure of the foreign aid industryChapter 12: Primary health care strategiesChapter 13: Medical care and targeted programsChapter 14: Poverty reduction, economic growth, and debt reliefChapter 15: Building peace and civil societyPart V: Other aspects of international healthChapter 16: Natural and humanitarian disasters and displaced populationsChapter 17: The health of Indigenous populationsPart VI: Working safely and effectively in a developing countryChapter 18: Planning and preparing for safe and effective development workChapter 19: How to manage a sustainable aid partnership
“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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