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Geographies of Health and Development

1st Edition

Edited by Rachel Bezner Kerr, Isaac Luginaah


332 pages

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The geographies of health and development is an emerging sub-discipline, tying in with many of the conceptual, theoretical and practical components of other disciplines working in health, health care, economics, and international development. Spatially and theoretically grounded in geography, this collection offers a fresh perspective on the dialectic relationships between health and development. Health problems in a developing context take on much higher rates of prevalence as a result of the varied cultural, structural and economic vulnerabilities of the people they impact. This book begins by exploring some of the circumstances surrounding the distinctive health inequities currently facing many developing countries, including malaria, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS. This is followed by a discussion of how matters of physical access and human resource issues and, perhaps most importantly, the challenges of financing, together shape the access and utilization of health care. Examining how the environment interacts to influence the health of the people that live there, the next section includes discussion around challenges of food (in)security, and the importance of clean and uncontaminated water for health. Finally, the book explores the influence of globalization on health, specifically within the urban environment, against the backdrop of global health policy.


(…) "it does offer a smorgasbord of locations, socio-cultural contexts and health issues that speak to the rich interplay between health, development, space and place. It is, overall, a stimulating collection of studies, with the geographic framing providing a new prism for analysis and understanding." - Assoc. Prof. Peter Hill Global Health Systems, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction, Isaac Luginaah, Rachel Bezner Kerr and Jenna Dixon. Part I Disparities in Health Outcomes and the Challenges to Health Equity: Malaria risk profiles, treatment seeking practices and disease intervention efforts in poor communities: a case study in Sierra Leone, Florence M. Margai and Jacob B. Minah; The geography of maternal mortality in Nigeria, Joseph R. Oppong and Jane Ebeniro; Sex [work] and [structural] violence: a study of commercial sex workers in Budhwar Peth, Pune, India, Jacqueline P. Hellen and Vandana Wadhwa; Aboriginal health and development: two steps forward and one step back?, Kathi Wilson, Mark. W. Rosenberg and Ashley Ning. Part II Health Access and Utilisation in Developing Countries: The place of 'health' in social health insurance in developing countries: a study in Ghana's Upper West Region, Jenna Dixon and Paul Mkandawire; From effective cure to affective care: access barriers and entitlements to health care among urban poor in Chennai, India, Christina Ergler, Patrick Sakdapolrak, Hans-George Bohle and Robin Kearns; Human resources for health: challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa, Gavin George, Candice Reardon and Tim Quinlan; Wanting to care: a comparison of the ethics of health worker education in Cuba and the Philippines, Robert Huish. Part III Environmental Influences on Health and Development: Living in the same place, eating in a different space: food security and dietary diversity of youth living in rural northern Malawi, Lauren Classen, Rachel Bezner Kerr and Lizzie Shumba; Resource depletion, peak oil, and public health: planning for a slow growth future, Michael Pennock, Blake Poland and Trevor Hancock; The water-health nexus, Corinne J. Schuster-Wallace, Susan J. Elliott and Elijah Bisung; Groundwater arsenic contamination and its health and social impacts in rural Bangladesh, Bimal Kanti Paul. Part IV Globalisation and Urbanisation: Global Policy Consequences on Local Health Problems: Tubercu

About the Editors

Isaac Luginaah is at The University of Western Ontario, Canada and Rachel Bezner Kerr, Cornell University, USA.

About the Series

Geographies of Health Series

Geographies of Health Series
There is growing interest in the geographies of health and a continued interest in what has more traditionally been labeled medical geography. The traditional focus of ’medical geography’ on areas such as disease ecology, health service provision and disease mapping (all of which continue to reflect a mainly quantitative approach to inquiry) has evolved to a focus on a broader, theoretically informed epistemology of health geographies in an expanded international reach. As a result, we now find this subdiscipline characterized by a strongly theoretically-informed research agenda, embracing a range of methods (quantitative; qualitative and the integration of the two) of inquiry concerned with questions of: risk; representation and meaning; inequality and power; culture and difference, among others. Health mapping and modeling, has simultaneously been strengthened by the technical advances made in multilevel modeling, advanced spatial analytic methods and GIS, while further engaging in questions related to health inequalities, population health and environmental degradation. This series publishes superior quality research monographs and edited collections representing contemporary applications in the field; this encompasses original research as well as advances in methods, techniques and theories. The Geographies of Health series will capture the interest of a broad body of scholars, within the social sciences, the health sciences and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Infection Control
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography