Africa's Health Challenges: Sovereignty, Mobility of People and Healthcare Governance, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Africa's Health Challenges

Sovereignty, Mobility of People and Healthcare Governance, 1st Edition

By Andrew F. Cooper, Hany Besada

Edited by John J. Kirton


278 pages

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This volume addresses the ideational and policy-oriented challenges of Africa’s health governance due to voluntary and involuntary cross-border migration of people and diseases in a growing 'mobile Africa'. The collected set of specialized contributions in this volume examines how national and regional policy innovation can address the competing conception of sovereignty in dealing with Africa’s emerging healthcare problems in a fast-paced, interconnect world.


’An in-depth analysis of the challenges that the globalisation of health - the moving world of pathogens, people, patients and health care providers - presents for Africa and how countries in Africa are meeting these new and emerging health challenges through smart sovereignty by adopting innovations in national, regional and global policy instruments, rules and institutions. An essential read for policymakers, practitioners, students and all those working towards better health in Africa.’ Nick Drager, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK ’This is an excellent contribution to our understanding of the extraordinarily complex relationship between globalization, inequalities and the health opportunities of the poor. Predicated on Africa, Cooper et al. make an insightful and informative contribution to the intensifying debate over the implications of global inequalities and the health of the marginalized.’ Nana K. Poku, University of California, Berkeley, USA ’An authoritative review of Africa’s health challenges cast in a global context with keen understanding of local issues. This book underscores the potential contribution of health to development beyond the social dimension, to highlight the gains in human capital and governance that proper policies can yield. It is a must-read for development specialists.’ Diery Seck, CREPOL, Senegal

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Introduction: The global health challenge in Africa, Andrew F. Cooper and John Kirton. Part II Sovereignty: changing conceptions and challenges, Charles Sampford. Part III The African Health Problem: Globalization and health systems in sub-Saharan Africa: a labour market perspective, Rudi Robinson; Managing the mobility of health professionals, Rudi Robinson; International migration, the health of migrants and global health governance, Anita A. Davies. Part IV National and Regional Policy Response and Innovation: Integrating science and community development: the practice of traditional medicine in fighting HIV and AIDS, Jane Adar; Health professionals and sustainable economic development in the Horn of Africa, Mengsteab Tesfayohannes; Strengthening health capacity in sub-Saharan Africa: a millennium development challenge, Nelson K. Sewankambo; The WHO global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel: the evolution of global health diplomacy, Allyn L. Taylor and Ibadat S. Dhillon. Part V Conclusion: Moving health sovereignty; global challenge, African perspective, Hany Besada, Andrew F. Cooper, Franklyn Lisk and John Kirton; Bibliography; Index.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Insurance / Health