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Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Siân M. Griffiths, Jin Ling Tang, Eng Kiong Yeoh


738 pages | 109 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

Table of Contents

ForewordIntroductionPart 1: Historical Context Introduction to Part 1: Historical Context1. Historical Perspectives in Public Health – Experiences from Hong Kong Part 1: Introductory Concepts Introduction to Part 1: Introductory Concepts2. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Relevance for Low-Income Countries in Asia3. Migration and Health: Lessons from China4. The Challenges of Ageing in Japan5. Developing Public Health Infrastructure in India6. Public Health in the Age of Genomics, ‘Big Data’ and Massively Collaborative Global Science7. Research Challenges for Public Health in Asia8. Developing the Public Workforce in AsiaPart 2: The Public and Public Health Introduction: Epidemiology – Research Methods in Public Health9. Epidemiology: From Observation to Public Health Action10. Evidence-Based Decision Making in Health Care11. The Challenges of Cancer in ChinaPart 3: Communicable Diseases Introduction to Part 3: Communicable Diseases12. Chronic Neglected Diseases of Poverty: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead13. Role of Government Agencies in Controlling Disease: Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection as a Case Study14. Centre for Disease Control’s Role in China: The Case of Shanghai15. Reflections on Public Health Challenges for the HIV Epidemic among Men who have Sex with Men in China16. Tuberculosis Control in Asia: The Case of China17. Viral Hepatitis in Southeast Asia18. Emerging Infectious Diseases in Asia19. Climate Change and its Impact on the Patterns of Disease with a Case Study on Malaria in the People’s Republic of ChinaPart 4: Environment Introduction to Part 4: Environment20. Climate Change and Health21. Case Study on the Climate and Health Council: Engaging Health Professions in Change22. Air Pollution: The Public Health Challenge23. Water: The Public Health Challenges 24. Food Security and Safety in China and Hong Kong25. Responding to Disasters in Low-Income Countries26. Lessons for Public Health from the 2011 Japanese Earthquake27. Public Health Roles in Response to the 2011 Thailand Flooding 28. Occupational HealthPart 5: Health Improvement Introduction to Part 5: Prevention Rather than Cure – the Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases29. Policy for, and the Prevention of, Diet-Related Non-Communicable Diseases in the Asia-Pacific Region30. The Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases in Asia: The Case of Diabetes31. Community Outreach to Prevent Diabetes in Hong Kong: Diabetes Hongkong as a Case Study32. Challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases in China33. Mental Health34. Controlling the Tobacco Epidemic: Lessons from Hong Kong35. Public Health Case Law Study: Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products36. Screening for Cancer: Colorectal Cancer and Breast Cancer in Hong Kong as Case StudiesPart 6: Health Services Introduction: Health Services37. Child and Teen Health in Southeast Asia38. Non-Government Organisations and Health: A Case Study on Save the Children, China39. Providing Services for Women’s Health40. Developing Primary Care in China41. Conceptualising the Integration of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Health Systems: Patients, Policies, Professions and Providers42. Health Systems in Asia: Achievements and Challenges43. Health Care Financing in Taiwan44. The Challenge of Managing Health Human Resources: A Case Study on the Philippines45. Medical Tourism in Thailand46. Comparative Health Systems in AsiaPart 7: Future Challenges 47. The Future

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General