Public Health, Disease and Development in Africa
The closure of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 prompted the need for a book of this kind. An interdisciplinary group of global health scholars contribute to the understanding of the emerging and fast-growing problem of the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa.
This book is timely, as the international community has moved from the MDGs to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the blueprint for a new human development agenda. Contributions and case studies are situated in the revised Epidemiologic and Nutrition Transition Model to capture the current situation, referencing communicable and NCDs on the African continent. The case studies encapsulated aim to help minimize negative health outcomes and improve population health, well-being, and equity in the future.
This book will be significant in policy circles to assist international organizations, governments, and United Nations agencies. It aims to chart the future for health in Africa in light of recently adopted SDGs. This book is also a useful complementary reader for global public health related courses.
PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. Introduction: Africa’s Epidemiologic Transition of Dual Burden of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases 2. Taking it Global: Towards an Index of Wellbeing for Low- to Middle-income Countries PART II: EMERGING AND RE-EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES 3. Examining the West African Ebola Outbreak through the Application of the Disease Ecology Framework 4. Progress towards Combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa 5. Progress towards Combatting Malaria in Africa 6. The Impact of Land Use and Land Cover Change on the Spatial Distribution of Buruli Ulcer in Southwest Ghana 7. Perilous Outcomes: The Intersection of Culture, Maternal Health, and HIV/AIDS on Malawian Women in the Face of an International Development Consensus PART III: NONCOMMUNICABLE/DEGENERATIVE DISEASE COMPLEX 8. Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana and South Africa 9. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Non-Communicable Diseases in South Africa 10. Weight Status and Uncontrolled Urbanization in Cameroon: Current and Future Health Challenges 11. Maternal Perception about Early Childhood Caries in Nigeria 12. Health Data Collection Efforts and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Case Study in Uganda PART IV: FOOD SECURITY, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH 13. Nutritional and Nutraceutical Properties of Traditional African Foods 14. Multi-Level Participatory Approaches to Mobilize Dietary Diversity for Improved Infant and Young Child Feeding in Banana-Based Agri-Food Systems of Rural East Africa