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Public Health, Disease and Development in Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Ezekiel Kalipeni, Juliet Iwelunmor, Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint, Imelda K. Moise


274 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. Introduction: Africa’s Epidemiologic Transition of Dual Burden of Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases (Ezekiel Kalipeni, Juliet Iwelunmor, Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint, and Imelda K. Moise) 2. Taking it Global: Toward an Index of Wellbeing for Low- to Middle-income Countries (Susan J. Elliott, Jenna Dixon, and Elijah Bisung) PART II: EMERGING AND RE-EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES 3. Examining the West African Ebola Outbreak through the Application of the Disease Ecology Framework (Alexandra Shapiro, Anne Hoefler, Jenna Bryfonski, and Ezekiel Kalipeni) 4. Progress towards Combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa (Imelda K. Moise, Evan de Joya, Leo C. Zulu, Ezekiel Kalipeni, and Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint) 5. Progress towards Combatting Malaria in Africa (Sarah R. Blackstone, Ucheoma Nwaozuru, and Juliet Iwelunmor) 6. The Impact of Land Use and Land Cover Change on the Spatial Distribution of Buruli Ulcer in Southwest Ghana (Joseph R. Oppong and Warangkana Ruckthongsook) 7. Perilous Outcomes: The Intersection of Culture, Maternal Health, and HIV/AIDS on Malawian Women in the Face of an International Development Consensus (Linda L. Semu) PART III: NONCOMMUNICABLE/DEGENERATIVE DISEASE COMPLEX 8. Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana and South Africa (Eric Y. Tenkorang) 9. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Non-Communicable Diseases in South Africa (Eric Y. Tenkorang) 10. Weight Status and Uncontrolled Urbanization in Cameroon: Current and Future Health Challenges (Jude Saji, Felix K. Assah, Emmanuella N. Atanga, and Jean Claude Mbanya) 11. Maternal Perception about Early Childhood Caries in Nigeria (Afolabi Oyapero) 12. Health Data Collection Efforts and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Case Study in Uganda (Mary J. Christoph, Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint, and James M. Ntambi) PART IV: FOOD SECURITY, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH 13. Nutritional and Nutraceutical Properties of Traditional African Foods (John H. Muyonga, Ogugua C. Aworh, John Kinyuru, Marena Manley, Sophie Nansereko, and Dorothy N. Nyangena) 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 (Beatrice Ekesa, Deborah Nabuuma, Samuel Mpiira, Vincent Johnson, Domina Nkuba, Gina Kennedy, and Charles Staver)

About the Editors

Ezekiel Kalipeni is a population and health geographer with research interests in demographic, health, environmental, and resource issues in sub-Saharan Africa. He has carried out extensive research on the population dynamics of Malawi, and Africa in general, including concentrating on the issues of fertility, mortality, migration, and health care. He is currently researching the drivers and consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Juliet Iwelunmor is an associate professor at St. Louis University, Missouri. She explores social, cultural, behavioural, and policy factors that influence the health of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in global health issues, having previously worked as the Culture Sector coordinator for the UNESCO Intersectoral Platform on HIV and AIDS.

Diana S. Grigsby-Toussaint is an associate professor in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. As a social epidemiologist, she attempts to elucidate how and why socio-environmental factors influence health in local, national, and international contexts. Her research explores the three pillars of health (diet, physical activity, and sleep) on non-communicable disease risk among vulnerable populations by utilizing an interdisciplinary approach spanning epidemiology, geography, and nutrition. Dr. Grigsby-Toussaint's research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USDA, and NSF, and her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and The Huffington Post.

Imelda K. Moise is an applied health geographer and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) specialist, expert in multi-method approaches, community-based participatory research, culturally responsive research, and Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis. Her research focuses on the interface of the social determinants of health, health disparities, and inequities particularly among adolescents and maternal and child health populations, infectious diseases (HIV), and linking research to practice or policy. She also supported USAID-funded health programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and spent five years in Illinois coordinating federally funded research projects and program evaluation for state agency initiatives and ongoing programs, and six years as a Peace Corps technical trainer in Zambia.

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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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries