Critical Issues in Global Health
C. Everett Koop, Clarence E. Pearson, M. Roy Schwarz
Wiley, 2001 - Medical - 472 pages
Critical Issues in Global Health
"The miracles of science could and should be shared equally in the world. There is a growing chasm between those of us who are rich, powerful, and healthy and those who are poor, weak, and suffering from preventable diseases. If we are to improve health, we must concentrate on existing disparities in opportunities, resources, education, and access to health programs. Only to the extent that we can eliminate these inequities will our dreams for global health in the twenty-first century be realized."—from the foreword by Jimmy Carter
Critical Issues in Global Health is an outstanding compendium of knowledge and thought—from a distinguished panel of internationally renowned medical and public health experts—that offers insight into the most important health issues facing our world's populations. The volume's individual contributors represent a wide range of prestigious health organizations and institutions including the World Health Organization, National Academy of Sciences, Kellogg and Rockefeller Foundations, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the American Public Health Association. Edited by C. Everett Koop, Clarence E. Pearson, and M. Roy Schwarz, these never-before-published essays explore the future of international health and explain what will be required in order to provide adequate health and medical care worldwide, especially for underdeveloped countries.
Comprehensive in scope, this impressive resource is divided into three major sections: Countries, Continents, and the World; The Organizational Landscape in Global Health; and Organizations, Management, Leadership, and Partnerships. In the opening essay, Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Secretary General of the World Health Organization, presents a dynamic global view of the world's health. The chapters in this section also contain a wealth of informative essays on the major continents and regions of the world and include instructive health portraits of China, India, Russia, and the United States.
Critical Issues in Global Health brings to light the world's most compelling health issues—communicable and infectious diseases, tobacco control, and environmental health—and discusses what will be needed in the areas of research, health promotion, disease prevention, and financing to meet these urgent medical and health challenges.
The final section of the book contains essays that highlight the best and most cost-effective methods for solving global health issues in the 21st century. For leaders in government, business, and nonprofit organizations, the contributors suggest specific follow-up actions that will go a long way to ensure the good health of tomorrow's world
"We have recognized the shrinking of this planet in other walks of life but now the shrinking of the world for the benefit of health is something different and something eagerly anticipated . . . . The contents of this book will find different niches among different readers to be sure, but all readers will benefit from the global perspective they will be able to synthesize from this remarkable and diverse group of experts."—from the introduction by C. Everett Koop
Read what the most renowned international medical and public health experts say about the state of the world's health and what is in store for the future.