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Epidemics and the health of African nations

Author: Zamanzima Mazibuko
Publisher: Johannesburg : The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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News footage of disease in Africa is a familiar sight. Yet these outbreaks are often presented out of context, with no reference to the conditions that have triggered them. MISTRA's new book, Epidemics and the Health of African Nations, aims to redress that. Researchers and practitioners from within the continent explore why Africa is so vulnerable to disease, and show how this vulnerability is closely linked to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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MISTRA, Mistra.
Epidemics and the Health of African Nations.
Oxford : Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), The, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zamanzima Mazibuko
ISBN: 9780639995618 0639995616
OCLC Number: 1114973078
Notes: INTRODUCTION
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contributors; List of abbreviations; Section One. Epidemics and Syndemics in Africa: Disease in Context; CHAPTER ONE --
Introduction. Epidemics and Health Systems in Africa; HISTORY OF EPIDEMICS IN THE WORLD AND IN AFRICA; LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN AFRICA; THE BURDEN OF EPIDEMICS; STRENGTHENING HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS; THE FUTURE OF EPIDEMICS IN AFRICA; ZOONOTIC DISEASES AROUND THE GLOBE; DIAGNOSIS AND CONTROL OF ZOONOTIC DISEASES; A MULTI-LAYERED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING EPIDEMICS; REFERENCES CHAPTER TWO --
Syndemics, Food Security, Health, and Local Environments. Chronic Undernutrition in ZimbabweTHE PARADOX OF CHRONIC UNDERNUTRITION WITH FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA; THE PHYSIOLOGY OF DEPRIVATION: AN OVERVIEW; TRAJECTORIES OF CHILD NUTRITION OVER TIME IN ZIMBABWE; NUTRITIONAL INDICATORS AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC MEASURES; DISCUSSION: WE ARE NOT WHAT WE EAT; REFERENCES; Section Two. Contending with Epidemics and Health Systems in South Africa; CHAPTER THREE --
Cholera in Africa in the 21st Century. Questions of Justice and Human Rights; INTRODUCTION SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL DETERMINANTS OF CHOLERAAFRICAN AND GLOBAL INITIATIVES FOR CHOLERA PREVENTION AND CONTROL; CONCLUSIONS; REFERENCES; CHAPTER FOUR --
Outbreaks and Epidemics of Malaria in SADC. Cycles of Frustration in Preventive Action; INTRODUCTION --
THE ONGOING RISK OF MALARIA IN THE SADC REGION; PROGRESS IN FIGHTING THE ENCUMBRANCE OF MALARIA; RISK FACTORS IN HEALTH SYSTEMS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MALARIA INTERVENTIONS; STRATIFICATION FOR TARGETED INTERVENTIONS; MONITORING TRANSMISSIONS AND OUTBREAKS --
SADC CONSTRUCTING SURVEILLANCE AND DATA SYSTEMS COMPLICATING FACTORS OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND FUNDING IN NATIONAL MALARIA CONTROL PROGRAMMESEPIDEMIC RESPONSE --
ACCESS TO EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT; CROSS-BORDER MOVEMENTS AND TRANSMISSION --
AND INITIATIVES TO COUNTER MALARIA; EARLY WARNING ALERT AND RESPONSE NETWORK (EWARN); SADC TAKING FORWARD THE LESSONS LEARNED; CONCLUSION; REFERENCES; CHAPTER FIVE --
Containing Ebola in Nigeria: An African Success Story; INTRODUCTION; OVERVIEW OF NIGERIA'S PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM; CONCLUSION; REFERENCES; Section Three. Contending with Chronic Conditions in African Health Systems CHAPTER SIX -Non-Communicable Disease Epidemics. Approaches to Prevention and Control in Sub-Saharan AfricaINTRODUCTION; TRENDS OF NCDS IN AFRICA; GLOBAL NCD POLICY CONTEXT; IMPLEMENTATION OF NCD PREVENTION AND CONTROL INTERVENTIONS IN THE SELECTED COUNTRIES; GOVERNANCE OF NCD PREVENTION AND CONTROL; MONITORING AND EVALUATION, AND RESEARCH; CHALLENGES TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NCD PREVENTION-AND-CONTROL INTERVENTIONS; CONCLUSION; REFERENCES; CHAPTER SEVEN --
Care, Context, and Chronic Illness. Lessons from HIV-positive Adolescents and their Families in South Africa's Eastern Cape
Responsibility: edited by Zamanzima Maibuko.

Abstract:

News footage of disease in Africa is a familiar sight. Yet these outbreaks are often presented out of context, with no reference to the conditions that have triggered them. MISTRA's new book, Epidemics and the Health of African Nations, aims to redress that. Researchers and practitioners from within the continent explore why Africa is so vulnerable to disease, and show how this vulnerability is closely linked to political and economic factors. They demonstrate how these same factors determine the way epidemics are treated. Authors extract lessons from case studies in different parts of Africa; challenge conventional frameworks about disease to argue for a 'syndemics' approach that takes into account the interrelationship between disease and political and socio-economic contexts; explore challenges of Africa's future. They argue that a well-functioning health system is at the core of a country's capacity to counter an epidemic. This volume brings African experts together to probe possible solutions to the continent's heavy burden of disease. The insights offered will be helpful in devising policy for the control of disease and the combatting of epidemics in Africa.

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