Health and Development presents a broad and detailed description of the multifaceted aspects of health and development across the globe. People are living longer, their lifestyles are changing and so too are the diseases from which they suffer. Recession in the North and debt servicing in the South have reduced public expenditure on health and welfare. The links between regional, economic and environmental factors and the health of a population are becoming clearer. Does development mean a longer life of lower quality? Always alive to both the global and the local implications, the authors focus in particular on the critical issues surrounding environmental impact, the interaction of poverty and health, socio-cultural factors in HIV/AIDS transmission, the use of traditional and community health care resources and women's health.
'This comprehensive and complete work will save many a researcher weeks of hunting around for the latest tables and figures (I checked to see if there were any more recent data for some key tables and found none). There are many issues dealt with in depth by the best of scholars, many with first-hand experience of the countries and health problems under discussion. … this user-friendly mine of data is thematic and lucid.' - The Lancet
'Health and Development can be recommended as a source text for students … an easily accessible book for the general reader, also, it should prove popular through the rest of the decade.' - International Journal of Edidemiology