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Health and Medical Geography in Africa – Methods, Applications and Development Linkages

By PAA Web posted 11-14-2023 10:32


Yemi Adewoyin, University of Nigeria, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Published by Springer

Health and Medical Geography in Africa – Methods, Applications and Development Linkages book cover

Through its direct and indirect impacts on labour productivity, population health and wellbeing matter for the social and economic development of households and national economies. Yet, health is not uniform in space. And so is development. Comparatively on many health and development indicators, Africa fairs poorly. The variation in health may present as differences in the occurrence and spread of diseases, the distribution of and access to healthcare facilities, and/or in health outcomes among the population. Reasons for these variations range from biology to the population’s levels of exposure and susceptibility to elements in their environment, including the social interactions taking place within the environment. The field of health and medical geography focuses on the spatial patterns and processes underlying these variations and provides pathways for understanding and addressing them. More specifically, the sub-discipline of health and medical geography focuses on, among others, how places (their characteristics and processes that go on in them) and environmental factors underlie and/or influence disease patterns, exposure and susceptibility to diseases, health variations, health behaviour, health outcomes, and the provision of and access to healthcare services. This edited volume documents perspectives and applications in health and medical geography in Africa for academics, students, health practitioners, and development policymakers. Case studies discussed by 55 experts and practitioners in the 500-page book include those from Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the EAC and SADC blocs, and the whole of Africa.

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