Practicing Health Geography

The African Context
 
 
Springer (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 26. März 2021
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • VIII, 242 Seiten
978-3-030-63470-4 (ISBN)
 

This volume uniquely presents case studies on health geography in Africa, and analyzes health practices in different African regions to illustrate a unified perspective to the geographies of health. The book describes various contemporary and traditional themes that have characterized the discipline of health geography, and uses its 13 case studies across 14 chapters to challenge the perceived dichotomy between health geography and medical geography among health researchers and practitioners. In 3 sections, the book provides readers with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to understanding health geography in Africa.

The first chapter introduces the major theories and perspectives in health geography, and how these characteristics apply to health geography practices in Africa. Section 1 discusses the different uses of space-based analyses in health geography, including geo-data infrastructures, geographies of disease burden, spatial epidemiology, spatially precise public health, and spatial access to health. Section 2 discusses the different uses of place-based analyses in health geography, including health representation, healthcare access, food allergies, and health determinants. Section 3 addresses how geography is incorporated into decision processes in Africa, and how policy planning shapes health-related interventions at the population and individual level. The case studies here discuss geo-enabling health records, health policy, public health planning, and mobile health geographies.


1st ed. 2021
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • 49 farbige Tabellen, 2 s/w Abbildungen, 52 farbige Abbildungen
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  • 49 Tables, color; 52 Illustrations, color; 2 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 242 p. 54 illus., 52 illus. in color.
  • Höhe: 23.5 cm
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  • Breite: 15.5 cm
978-3-030-63470-4 (9783030634704)
10.1007/978-3-030-63471-1
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Prestige Tatenda Makanga is an applied geo-information scientist with a primary interest in global health. He is Chairman and Senior Lecturer in the Surveying and Geomatics department at the Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru, Zimbabwe. He leads the Place Alert Labs (PALs - ww5.msu.ac.zw/pals) initiative at MSU. The PALs program is a mixed methods health geography initiative that explores how places shape local health experiences and health outcomes. Much of the evidence generated from the work at PALs is translated into decision aids and tools that are used to target health interventions.

Chapter 1. Introducing Health Geography.- SECTION 1: HEALTH AND SPACE.- Chapter 2. Generating spatial demographic data for health in Africa.- Chapter 3. Geographies of disease burden in Namibia.- Chapter 4. Geographically Precise Public Health: Case of Southern Mozambique.- Chapter 5. Spatial epidemiology of urban health risks in select West African Cities.- Chapter 6. Methods of measuring spatial accessibility to health care in Uganda.- SECTION 2: HEALTH AND PLACE.- Chapter 7. Representing health: an Afrocentric perspective from Ghana.- Chapter 8. Access to maternal health in regions of Rwanda: A qualitative study.- Chapter 9. Risk of food allergy in Accra, Ghana: An application of photovoice.- Chapter 10. Determinants of maternal health in regions of Southern Mozambique.- SECTION 3: GEO-ENABLING HEALTH DECISIONS.- Chapter 11 . Geo-enabled trauma registries: The case of Cape Town, South Africa.- Chapter 12. Geography of alcohol exposure: Policy and programme implications for Cape Town, South Africa.- Chapter 13. Geography, climate change and health adaptation planning in Uganda.- Chapter 14. Mobile Health Geographies: A case from Zimbabwe.


This volume uniquely presents case studies on health geography in Africa, and analyzes health practices in different African regions to illustrate a unified perspective to the geographies of health. The book describes various contemporary and traditional themes that have characterized the discipline of health geography, and uses its 13 case studies across 14 chapters to challenge the perceived dichotomy between health geography and medical geography among health researchers and practitioners. In 3 sections, the book provides readers with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to understanding health geography in Africa.

The first chapter introduces the major theories and perspectives in health geography, and how these characteristics apply to health geography practices in Africa. Section 1 discusses the different uses of space-based analyses in health geography, including geo-data infrastructures, geographies of disease burden, spatial epidemiology, spatially precise public health, and spatial access to health. Section 2 discusses the different uses of place-based analyses in health geography, including health representation, healthcare access, food allergies, and health determinants. Section 3 addresses how geography is incorporated into decision processes in Africa, and how policy planning shapes health-related interventions at the population and individual level. The case studies here discuss geo-enabling health records, health policy, public health planning, and mobile health geographies.

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