1st Edition

Public Health in Postcolonial Africa The Social and Political Determinants of Health

Edited By Olukayode A. Faleye, Tanimola Akande, Inocent Moyo Copyright 2024
    230 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fascinating, multi-disciplinary collection examines how public health interventions in postcolonial Africa mirror wider manifestations of power in the region.

    Beyond the role of public health intervention in tackling disease and prolonging life, the book measures the social and political determinants of health which continue to exist in the postcolonial era. The volume features contributions from scholars across both the social sciences and humanities, exploring ongoing debates across a broad range of themes, including:

    - Infopolitics, biopolitics and healthcare.

    - Emerging infectious diseases, environment and food cultures.

    - Health interventions and economic security.

    - Church administration and healthcare.

    - Livelihood, sex, sexuality and HIV/AIDS.

    Offering a fresh and insightful understanding of health issues in this important global region, and including chapters on issues around the Covid-19 pandemic, the book will interest students and researchers across a range of disciplines, including global health, politics and African studies.

    Introduction: Public Health in Postcolonial Africa
    Olukayode A. Faleye, Tanimola M. Akande and Inocent Moyo

    Part I: Healthcare Policy, Politics of Space and Social Justice

    Chapter One - Politics of Healthcare Reform in Postcolonial Nigeria
    Harriet Efanodor and Ozekhome G. Igechi

    Chapter Two – Framing Climate Change-Public Health Nexus in the Political Economy of Adaptive Systems in Postcolonial Africa
    Olukayode A. Faleye, Tanimola M. Akande and Inocent Moyo

    Chapter Three – Rhetoric of Public Policies and Equity in Access to Health Care in Postcolonial Senegal
    Marième Ciss

    Chapter Four – Spatial Politics of Health and The Control of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers in Post-Colonial Africa: Lessons from Lagos
    Olukayode A. Faleye, Arthur C. Okafor and Jonathan Dangana

    Part II: Church Administration and the Religious Determinants of Health

    Chapter Five – Socioeconomic Dynamics of Covid-19 Pandemic, Church Administration and Social Welfare in Nigeria
    Peter O. Alokan and Opeyemi Aluko

    Chapter Six – Social Determinants of Health: The Contributions of the Catholic Church to Healthcare Delivery in Postcolonial Nigeria
    Josephine Balogun and Emmanuel Okla

    Part III: Sociopolitical Significance of Sexuality, Medicaments and Sexual Transmitted Diseases

    Chapter Seven – Sociopolitical Significance of Asian Aphrodisiacs and African Sexualities in Postcolonial Zimbabwe
    Basure Hardlife

    Chapter Eight – Mass Media, Sexuality and the Social Determinants of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
    Andrew Ate, Ewomazino D. Akpor and Anthonia Otsupious

    Part IV: Sociopolitical Determinants of Illness and Wellness in the African Literary Discourse

    Chapter Nine – Traditional Medicine and Public Health in Postcolonial African Literary Discourse
    Ngetcham Njouonap and Gbetnkom Assiatou

    Chapter Ten – Necropolitics and the Expression of "Madness" in Nigerian Poetry
    Solomon Awuzie

    Chapter Eleven – Trumpism and the Necropolitics of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Implications and Relevance to the African Sociopolitical Ambience
    Durojaiye Owoeye

    Conclusion: Towards Postcolonial Approaches to Health in a Globalized World
    Olukayode A. Faleye, Tanimola M. Akande and Inocent Moyo


    Olukayode A. Faleye is Associate Professor in History and International Studies, Edo State University, Uzairue, Edo State, Nigeria.

    Tanimola M. Akande is Professor of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

    Inocent Moyo is Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa.