1st Edition

Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific Histories of Responses to Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases

Edited By Milton J. Lewis, Kerrie L. MacPherson Copyright 2013
    336 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Chronic diseases—cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes—are not only the principal cause of world-wide mortality but also are now responsible for a striking increase in the percentage of sickness in developing countries still grappling with the acute problems of infectious diseases. This "double disease burden" poses demanding questions concerning the organisation of health care, allocation of scarce resources and strategies for disease prevention, control and treatment; and it threatens not only improvement in health status but economic development in the many poorer countries of the Asia Pacific region.

    This book presents an historical account of the development of the double disease burden in Asia and the Pacific, a region which has experienced great economic, social, demographic and political change. With in-depth analysis of more than fifteen countries, this volume examines the impact of the double disease burden on health care regimes, resource allocation, strategies for prevention and control on the wealthiest nations in the region, as well as the smallest Pacific islands. In doing so, the contributors to this book elaborate on the notion of the double disease burden as discussed by epidemiologists, and present real policy responses, whilst demonstrating how vital health is to economic development.

    Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific will be of great value to both scholars and policy makers in the fields of public health, the history of medicine, as well as to those with a wider interest in the Asia-Pacific region.

    1. Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asian and Pacific Countries : Some Introductory Observations, Milton J. Lewis and Kerrie L. MacPherson 2. Two Health Transitions in Australia : The Western and the Indigenous, Milton J. Lewis and Stephen R. Leeder 3. Health Transitions : Hong Kong and China and the Double Disease Burden, Kerrie L. MacPherson 4. Health Transition and the Rising Threat of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases in India, Sailesh Mohan and K. Srinath Reddy 5. The Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific: Japan and Its Diseases, Mahito Fukuda 6. Challenges of, and Responses to, the Double Disease Burden in Korea, In-Sok Yeo 7. Good Health at Low Cost: The Sri Lankan Experience, Margaret Jones and Amala de Silva 8. Double Disease Burden in Thailand: Economic Growth and Public Provisioning, Paul T. Cohen and Thapin Phatcharanurak 9. Health Transition in Vietnam: Resolving Past Priorities and Meeting New Challenges, Michael Dibley, Tran Tuan, Nguyen Hoang Hanh Doan Trang and Tang Kim Hong10. Singapore: Health Policy and Programming in Historical Perspective and Social, Political and Economic Context, Meng-Kin Lim 11. Learning from the Past : Changing Policies concerning the Double Disease Burden in Malaysia, Wah-Yun Low, Chirk-Jenn Ng, Chiu-Wan Ng, Wan-Yuen Choo and Wen-Ting Tong12. Dealing with Difficult Diseases : Renovating Primary Health Care to Deal with Chronic Conditions in Indonesia, Peter Heywood and Terence H. Hull 13. Evolution, Revolution and Devolution : A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Emergence of the Double Disease Burden in the Philippines, Giselle Manalo, Angelito Umali, Jaime Galvez Tan, Gabriel Carreon, Angelo Manalo and Alberto Romualdez 14. The Double Disease Burden in Papua New Guinea, Vicki Luker, 15. The Double Disease Burden in Pacific Island States (except New Guinea), Richard Taylor 16. Asia and Pacific Health Transitions: Retrospect and Prospect, Milton J. Lewis and Kerrie L. MacPherson


    Milton J. Lewis was a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, 1989- 2006 and is now at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Australia.

    Kerrie L. MacPherson is an Associate Professor of History, the Kadoorie Institute, University of Hong Kong.

    "Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific is an extremely intelligent, well-versed book. This book would be practical to people seeking to understand the what, how, and why in modern health trends. What the authors have provided is a wonderful and detailed insight into the modern perils of health care in a region of the world so complex and diverse it warrants all debates and discussions... I would highly recommend this volume to anyone looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of Asia and Pacific health matters, as well as those analyzing modern health trends and their influences." - Kristin Childers-Buschle, University of Edinburgh; Somatosphere, February 2013.