Introduction to International Health

Introduction to International Health

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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 each year from avoidable diseases? This new book -- the first of its kind -- attempts to answer these questions. The book is masterfully constructed around four essential questions: 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? In 16 concise chapters, the author provides answers to these questions and, in doing so, crafts an intricate history of overseas aid and an intense look at the determinants of population health, poverty, developing world debt, and malnutrition. Solutions are examined via primary health care strategies, poverty alleviation, 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 and thought-provoking book will become an essential read for all those interested in international health.show more

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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 170.18 x 241.3 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Canadian Scholars Press
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • tables & charts
  • 1551303272
  • 9781551303277
  • 1,033,392

Table of contents

An Overview of International Health; A History of Overseas Aid Initiatives; The Determinants of Population Health; Poverty and Developing World Debt; Malnutrition; Defining and Measuring Health; Child and Adult Health Statistics for the Developing World; Foreign Aid Projects, Large and Small; Primary Health Care Strategies; Basic Medical Care; Poverty Alleviation and Debt Relief; Human Rights Interventions; Natural and Humanitarian Disasters and Displaced Populations; Health of Indigenous Populations; Planning and Preparing for Safe, Effective Development Work; Managing a Sustainable Aid Partnership; Index.show more

About Michael Seear

Michael Seear is Staff Physician in the Department of Respiratory/Intensive Care at the Childrens Hospital in Vancouver. He has been actively involved in international health initiatives for over 25 years, and also teaches at the University of British Columbia.show more

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