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Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

ISBN 9780415643825
Published April 14, 2014 by Routledge
768 Pages 109 B/W Illustrations

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Global public health is of growing concern to most governments and populations, nowhere more so than in Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent. Whilst major advances have been made in controlling infectious diseases through public health measures as well as clinical medical treatments, the world now faces other challenges including ageing populations and the epidemic crisis of obesity and non-communicable diseases. New emerging infections continue to develop and the growing threats to health due to environmental pollution and climate change increase the need for resilience and sustainability. These threats to health are global in nature, and this Handbook will explore perspectives on current public health issues in South, Southeast and East Asia, informing global as well as regional debate.

Whilst many books cite Western examples of the development of global public health, this Handbook brings together both Western and Eastern scholarship, creating a new global public health perspective suitable to face modern challenges in promoting the population’s health. This Handbook is essential reading not only for students, professionals and scholars of global public health and related fields but is also written to be accessible to those with a general interest in the health of Asia.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Introduction  Part 1: Historical Context  Introduction to Part 1: Historical Context  1. Historical Perspectives in Public Health – Experiences from Hong Kong  Part 1: Introductory Concepts  Introduction to Part 1: Introductory Concepts  2. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Relevance for Low-Income Countries in Asia  3. Migration and Health: Lessons from China  4. The Challenges of Ageing in Japan  5. Developing Public Health Infrastructure in India  6. Public Health in the Age of Genomics, ‘Big Data’ and Massively Collaborative Global Science  7. Research Challenges for Public Health in Asia  8. Developing the Public Workforce in Asia  Part 2: The Public and Public Health  Introduction: Epidemiology – Research Methods in Public Health  9. Epidemiology: From Observation to Public Health Action  10. Evidence-Based Decision Making in Health Care  11. The Challenges of Cancer in China  Part 3: Communicable Diseases  Introduction to Part 3: Communicable Diseases  12. Chronic Neglected Diseases of Poverty: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead  13. Role of Government Agencies in Controlling Disease: Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection as a Case Study  14. Centre for Disease Control’s Role in China: The Case of Shanghai  15. Reflections on Public Health Challenges for the HIV Epidemic among Men who have Sex with Men in China  16. Tuberculosis Control in Asia: The Case of China  17. Viral Hepatitis in Southeast Asia 18. Emerging Infectious Diseases in Asia  19. Climate Change and its Impact on the Patterns of Disease with a Case Study on Malaria in the People’s Republic of China  Part 4: Environment  Introduction to Part 4: Environment  20. Climate Change and Health  21. Case Study on the Climate and Health Council: Engaging Health Professions in Change  22. Air Pollution: The Public Health Challenge  23. Water: The Public Health Challenges  24. Food Security and Safety in China and Hong Kong  25. Responding to Disasters in Low-Income Countries  26. Lessons for Public Health from the 2011 Japanese Earthquake  27. Public Health Roles in Response to the 2011 Thailand Flooding  28. Occupational Health  Part 5: Health Improvement  Introduction to Part 5: Prevention Rather than Cure – the Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases  29. Policy for, and the Prevention of, Diet-Related Non-Communicable Diseases in the Asia-Pacific Region  30. The Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases in Asia: The Case of Diabetes  31. Community Outreach to Prevent Diabetes in Hong Kong: Diabetes Hongkong as a Case Study  32. Challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases in China  33. Mental Health  34. Controlling the Tobacco Epidemic: Lessons from Hong Kong  35. Public Health Case Law Study: Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products  36. Screening for Cancer: Colorectal Cancer and Breast Cancer in Hong Kong as Case Studies  Part 6: Health Services  Introduction: Health Services  37. Child and Teen Health in Southeast Asia  38. Non-Government Organisations and Health: A Case Study on Save the Children, China  39. Providing Services for Women’s Health  40. Developing Primary Care in China  41. Conceptualising the Integration of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Health Systems: Patients, Policies, Professions and Providers  42. Health Systems in Asia: Achievements and Challenges  43. Health Care Financing in Taiwan  44. The Challenge of Managing Health Human Resources: A Case Study on the Philippines  45. Medical Tourism in Thailand  46. Comparative Health Systems in Asia  Part 7: Future Challenges 47. The Future

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Siân M. Griffiths is Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Founding Director of the Centre for Global Health and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London, UK.

Jin Ling Tang is Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Director of the Shenzhen Institute of Public Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Eng Kiong Yeoh was Secretary of Health in the HKSAR until 2003 and is now Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


'Deep insights into the complexities of health, its determinants and the wider development context in Asia have been hard to come by for students, practitioners and policy-makers. The Handbook remedies this shortfall with a highly authoritative, expert account of global public health in Asia.' – Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair in Health Policy, Imperial College, London, UK

'This handbook represents a joint effort of the global community of healthcare professionals. Experts in public health and policy makers from North to South and East to West contribute their knowledge and share their experiences on various topics of global health. I pay tribute to their great efforts in this important work. I recommend this book to every medical student, practising medical practitioner, healthcare policy maker and academic in the healthcare profession.' – Joseph J. Y. Sung, Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chancellor and President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) since 2010

'The book is a significant contribution to our understanding of health in this most populous region of the world—a region that has seen remarkable improvements in health, especially over the past two decades. With a focus on East and Southeast Asia, it is highly recommended as an excellent source of information and analysis.' Richard A. Cash MD, MPH; Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health and Visiting Professor, Public Health Foundation of India

'This handbook is one of the most important readings for those interested in global public health in general and in Asia specifically. It offers fascinating insights into many great achievements Asian countries have made over the past decades, and enormous challenges those countries are facing in the years to come.'Shenglan Tang, Professor of Medicine and Global Health and Associate Director of Duke Global Health Institute, USA  

'With the accelerated globalization, great changes have taken place in health systems, medical technology and the disease spectrum which demand multi-discipline cooperation to explore the solutions to a series of issues brought by globalization from different perspectives. This book provides good support to learn about global health including challenges in global health and strategy as well as best practice in response to these challenges. The book can be used not only as a textbook for medical students, but also provides valuable learning material for public health professionals.'Yan Guo, School of Public Health, Peking University, China

"Researchers looking for perspectives on public health in Hong Kong and China will find the volume helpful because many chapters were written by distinguished scholars and practitioners."--K. H. Jacobsen, George Mason University

Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners. - CHOICE