1st Edition

Public Health in Sub-Saharan Africa Social Epidemiological Perspectives

    378 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    378 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fascinating collection shines a social epidemiological spotlight onto the key public health issues effecting sub-Saharan Africa today.

    Beginning with the legacy of colonial rule, the book outlines the complex interplay between population health and a range of social, economic and cultural factors. It shows how social epidemiological methods can offer a deeper understanding of population health, and features chapters on a range of infectious diseases which continue to have a devastating impact on the region, including Sickle Cell Disease, HIV /AIDS, Leprosy and Ebola. The final section of the book includes a series of case studies where social epidemiological methods have been used to explore specific public health issues.

    Providing a timely overview of the relationship between social systems and human biology in the region, this important book will interest students and researchers across Public Health, Medicine and African Studies

    Part 1:   Exploring the Intersections of Health, History, and Methodology: Perspectives on Social Epidemiology in Africa

    1.       Exploring the Current Trends in Social Epidemiology in Sub-Saharan Africa

    2.       Health legacy of coloniality in Africa.

    3.       Biostatistical methods in social epidemiology.

    4.       Adopting qualitative research methods in understanding HIV/AIDS in Africa.


    Part 2:   Exploring Contexts, Challenges, and Inequalities in Infectious and Chronic Diseases Across Africa

    5.       Socio-structural factors influencing malaria epidemiology.

    6.       Vaccine acceptance in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    7.       Social determinants of maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa.

    8.       Diseases of the West.

    9.       Sickle cell disease in Africa.

    10.   Social inequalities and health security in Ghana and Nigeria


    Part 3:   The Social Structures of Diseases and Health in Africa: Case Studies

    11.   Partnering to eliminate leprosy in Nigeria: What do our religious leaders know? – A case study.

    12.   Vaccine-preventable diseases: Exploring the perspectives of the Nomadic Fulani tribe.

    13.   A framework to describe how sociocultural factors influence informal dementia caregiving.

    14.   Understanding the social, political, and cultural dimensions of lower limb amputation experiences among diabetics.

    15.   Challenges and implications of living with Retinopathy.

    16.   Children on the street.

    17.   Health seeking behaviour for childhood diarrhoea.


    Professor John Fulton is Professor of Social Inclusion at the University of Sunderland, which  reflects his interest in social  inequalities and their reproduction in education and health. He carried out a study in amateur and professional boxing and the ways in which boxing interacted with other aspects of the boxer’s lives. He has been involved in involved in a number of social epidemiology studies in Sub-Saharan Africa. John’s background is in mental health and nurse education; before taking up his present position, he was Programme Leader for MSc Public Health. He is a Principal Fellow of the HEA. John also is interested in the development of practice and the approaches to researching practice and practice development, he has since its inception been involved with the University’s Professional Doctorate scheme and has been involved in both teaching and supervision on this programme. A particular interest is the ways in which appropriate methodologies can be developed to support and illuminate practice.  

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    Dr Philip Emeka Anyanwu

    Philip is a Reader in Public Health at Warwick Medical School (WMS), University of Warwick. He is an epidemiologist with research and teaching interests in infectious disease epidemiology, social epidemiology, global health, and digital health. His research involves using population-level healthcare and routinely-collected big data. He has experience leading and delivering research projects evaluating the mechanism of impact of policies/interventions on antimicrobial stewardship, smoking in adults and children, COVID-19, and the inequalities therein. His scholarship activities include knowledge exchange on evidence-based pedagogic practices in higher education in low- and middle-income countries. He is a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Higher Education UK.He has previously held academic posts at the Universities of Sunderland, Suffolk, and Glasgow, Imperial College London, and Cardiff University.

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    Professor Catherine Hayes

    Catherine Hayes is Professor of Health Professions Pedagogy and Scholarship at the University of Sunderland, UK. She is Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate at Sunderland Campus and works predominantly with doctoral candidates undertaking PhD’s, DBA, EdD, DProf and those seeking to claim accreditation for doctorates by Existing Published Works and Higher Doctorates within postgraduate study.  Professor Hayes originally qualified in Podiatric Medicine in 1992, later becoming a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) in 2012 after being awarded a Fellowship in Podiatric Medicine in 2010 by the Royal Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (London). Having worked within Higher Education as an academic for over twenty-five years and with almost four hundred peer reviewed publications, Professor Hayes has also gained national recognition as a UK National Teaching Fellow and Principal of the HE Advance (formerly the UK Higher Education Academy).

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    Dr Jonathan Ling

    Jonathan Ling is a former Professor of Public Health at the University of Sunderland. He has a background in psychology and was the Associate Director for FUSE-The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.  He is interested in applying mixed methods to the study of a range of Public Health Issues including alcohol use and the effects of aging on health. Jonathan is now an independent researcher.

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