Contemporary Healthcare Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa: Social, Economic, and Cultural Perspectives discusses contemporary healthcare issues in Sub-Saharan Africa to identify deficiencies in the system and provide workable recommendations for strengthening healthcare delivery on the continent. Contributors address topical issues such as drug quality, malaria control, health insurance, geriatric care, and the environment-health nexus. The contributors also study intimate partner violence and maternal-child health, food safety, prevalence of childhood tuberculosis, and cardiovascular diseases. This book provides in-depth analyses of current issues in Sub-Saharan Africa that blend theory and practice. The diverse group of contributors includes experts in clinical medicine, pharmacy, economics, anthropology, public health, and the social sciences.
Nketiah-Amponsah, Edward (PhD) is associate professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana.
Odeku,Oluwatoyin A. (PhD) is professor of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical technology and the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Contemporary Healthcare Isssues-Social, Economic, and Cultural Perspectives
Edward Nketiah-Amponsah and Oluwatoyin Odeku
Chapter 1: A Reflection on Contemporary Economic, Social and Cultural Healthcare issues in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Felix Ankomah Asante and Makafui Isaac Dzudzor
Chapter 2: Medicine Quality in West Africa: Impact of Trans-Border Trade
Oluwatoyin Adepeju Odeku and Christie Bose Ola
Chapter 3: Tackling Diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Medicinal Plant Approach
Peculiar Feenna Onyekere, Nwafor Felix Ifeanyi, and Chioma Obianuju Peculiar-Onyekere
Chapter 4:Malaria Control in Ghana: Past, Present and Future Perspectives
Ama Pokuaa Fenny and Patricia Ohenewaa Akuffo-Henaku
Chapter 5: Intimate Partner Violence as a Silent Killer: Analyzing Domestic Violence as a Health Hazard in Uganda
Chapter 6: Caring for the Aged: Africa’s Next Health Challenge
Emmanuel Ashiedu Codjoe
Chapter 7: Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority and provision of quality health care services: Some reflections on the provider payment reforms within the National Health Insurance Scheme
Chapter 8: Cultural Negotiation and Invention of Healthcare Strategies among Cattle Nomads of Oyo North, Nigeria
Aderemi Suleiman Ajala and Kayode Akinsete
Chapter 9: Safe food systems for better health outcomes: Emerging food safety issues, challenges and solutions in sub-Saharan Africa
Marther W. Ngigi and Dominic Mureithi
Chapter 10: Indoor Air Pollution and Child Health in Africa
Gloria Afful-Mensah, Edward Nketiah-Amponsah, and Robert Kaba Alhassan
Chapter 11: Paediatric tuberculosis in Ghana: understanding the sociocultural context to increase case detection
Gloria Ivy Mensah
Chapter 12: Maternal nutrition and the risk of cardiovascular diseases in offspring: translating research into practice in sub-Saharan Africa
Michael Richard Blay
Written by experts from diverse backgrounds, this valuable collection of chapters addresses a range of key health issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. It features original analyses and interesting insights. The contributions will not only be highly useful for academics and professionals working in this area, they also provide an excellent resource for those seeking to gain a better understanding of health systems in developing countries.
Contemporary Healthcare Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa: Social, Economic, and Cultural Perspectives gives an excellent overview of health challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. It provides a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive view of factors contributing to the relatively poor health performance and suggested health policies. It highlights not only financial, but also cultural and behavioral constraints; not only the need to strengthen the health system, but also environmental and food safety aspects. This book is highly relevant for students of public health and health policy, especially in SSA, as well as for health policy decision-makers and anyone interested in global health.