Issues and Perspectives on Health Care in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa

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Contributors from both Africa and the United States include medical geographers, medical doctors, Africanists, demographers, anthropologists, sociologists, and economists. Most offer specific recommendations in the battle against disease and poor health conditions.

Table of Contents

Essays in this interdisciplinary volume:

Preface: Africa's Superficial Epidemiologic Transition (Ezekiel Kalipeni and Philip Thiuri)

Part I: Basic Health Care Problems

The AIDS Pandemic in Malawi (Ezekiel Kalipeni)

Infant and Child Mortality - The Socio-Cultural Dimension of the Problem in Ghana (Kodjo A. Senah)

Part II: Women, Culture and Health Care

The Threat of AIDS to Women and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (Philip Thiuri)

Gender and Ethnicity in Health Care - The Case of Tuareg Women in Niger (Susan J. Rasmussen)

Beliefs and Practices During Pregnancy in a Yao Community in Malawi (Deborah L. Helitzer-Allen, Carl Kendall and Jack J. Wirima)

Family Planning in an Informal Settlement - The Case of Canaan, Durban, South Africa (Priscilla Cunnan)

The Health Status of Women in a South African Peri-Urban Settlement - The Case of Amandawe, Durban, South Africa (Vadi Moodley and Busi Zama)

Part III: Policy Issues in Health Care Provision

Impacts of Health Policies on the Health Status of African Women and Children, 1978-1994 (J. Karen Shelley)

Structural Adjustment and Health Care in Zimbabwe (Daniel S. Tevera)

Facing Up to a Crisis - The Politics of AIDS Policy in Botswana (James J. Zaffiro)

Meeting the Health Needs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Sub-Saharan Africa (Gilbert Burnham)

Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Maternal Health Care in Tanzania (Edmund J. Kayombo)

Mobilizing Rural Communities for PHC - The Case of Liwonde PHC Unit in Southern Malawi (Ezekiel Kalipeni and Christopher Kamlongera)

Part IV: Accessibility and Utilization

Regional and Rural Inequities in the Provision of Health Care in Ghana (Kofi Ohene-Konadu)

Approaches to Health Care Accessibility in Zimbabwe (Jelena Mijic Vuckovic)

Health Care Accessibility and Utilization in Sub-Saharan Africa - The Case of Ghana (R. B. Biritwum and Henry E. Jackson

Geographic Information System (GIS) and the National Malaria Research Programme, South Africa (David le Sueur, Carrin Martin, Sipho Ngxongo, and Brian Sharp)


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