’It is an excellent book that can be included on reading lists for Public/Global Health modules’
Title: Africa and Global Health Governance
Author: Amy S Patterson
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Reviewer: Andrew Southgate; Canterbury Christ Church University
What was it like?
This book explores public health from the perspective of African nations. This is done using AIDS, the recent Ebola outbreak and non-communicable diseases (such as those related to tobacco and drug use and a range of cancers. These are discussed in relation to the complex nature of emerging democracies and different governmental approaches. The influence of the type of government reveals significant differences into how public health is managed. This provide useful insight into the unique challenges faced by people and healthcare provider’s across the continent. The book makes use of information from a range of sources, such the media and statistics gathered from a range of global health agencies.
What were the highlights?
The highlight of the book is that it explores the issues in a positive way and does not take a critical “west knows best” approach. The solutions to the challenges presented are unique to the African continent and are explored in a way that can enable understanding and appreciation of this.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This book is well referenced, with an extensive list at the end. The abbreviations list at the start is a useful tool as some of these may not be recognised, as they are specific to the content. There are few visual aids, which may make the book appear difficult to read.
Who should read it?
I would recommend the book to anyone interested in, or who works within, the field of Public Health. It is an excellent book that can be included on reading lists for Public/Global Health modules. I would suggest that the content is more suited for post graduates, who have underpinning knowledge of the subjects discussed in the book.
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