Global public health is of growing concern to most governments and populations, nowhere more so than in Asia, the world's largest and most populous continent. Whilst major advances have been made in controlling infectious diseases through public health measures as well as clinical medical treatments, the world now faces other challenges including ageing populations and the epidemic crisis of obesity and non-communicable diseases. New emerging infections continue to develop and the growing threats to health due to environmental pollution and climate change increase the need for resilience and sustainability. These threats to health are global in nature, and this Handbook will explore perspectives on current public health issues in South, Southeast and East Asia, informing global as well as regional debate.
Whilst many books cite Western examples of the development of global public health, this Handbook brings together both Western and Eastern scholarship, creating a new global public health perspective suitable to face modern challenges in promoting the population's health. This Handbook is essential reading not only for students, professionals and scholars of global public health and related fields but is also written to be accessible to those with a general interest in the health of Asia.
Sian M. Griffiths is Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Founding Director of the Centre for Global Health and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London, UK. Jin Ling Tang is Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Director of the Shenzhen Institute of Public Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Eng Kiong Yeoh was Secretary of Health in the HKSAR until 2003 and is now Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Foreword Introduction Part 1: Historical Context Introduction to Part 1: Historical Context 1. Historical Perspectives in Public Health - Experiences from Hong Kong Part 1: Introductory Concepts Introduction to Part 1: Introductory Concepts 2. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Relevance for Low-Income Countries in Asia 3. Migration and Health: Lessons from China 4. The Challenges of Ageing in Japan 5. Developing Public Health Infrastructure in India 6. Public Health in the Age of Genomics, `Big Data' and Massively Collaborative Global Science 7. Research Challenges for Public Health in Asia 8. Developing the Public Workforce in Asia Part 2: The Public and Public Health Introduction: Epidemiology - Research Methods in Public Health 9. Epidemiology: From Observation to Public Health Action 10. Evidence-Based Decision Making in Health Care 11. The Challenges of Cancer in China Part 3: Communicable Diseases Introduction to Part 3: Communicable Diseases 12. Chronic Neglected Diseases of Poverty: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead 13. Role of Government Agencies in Controlling Disease: Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection as a Case Study 14. Centre for Disease Control's Role in China: The Case of Shanghai 15. Reflections on Public Health Challenges for the HIV Epidemic among Men who have Sex with Men in China 16. Tuberculosis Control in Asia: The Case of China 17. Viral Hepatitis in Southeast Asia 18. Emerging Infectious Diseases in Asia 19. Climate Change and its Impact on the Patterns of Disease with a Case Study on Malaria in the People's Republic of China Part 4: Environment Introduction to Part 4: Environment 20. Climate Change and Health 21. Case Study on the Climate and Health Council: Engaging Health Professions in Change 22. Air Pollution: The Public Health Challenge 23. Water: The Public Health Challenges 24. Food Security and Safety in China and Hong Kong 25. Responding to Disasters in Low-Income Countries 26. Lessons for Public Health from the 2011 Japanese Earthquake 27. Public Health Roles in Response to the 2011 Thailand Flooding 28. Occupational Health Part 5: Health Improvement Introduction to Part 5: Prevention Rather than Cure - the Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases 29. Policy for, and the Prevention of, Diet-Related Non-Communicable Diseases in the Asia-Pacific Region 30. The Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases in Asia: The Case of Diabetes 31. Community Outreach to Prevent Diabetes in Hong Kong: Diabetes Hongkong as a Case Study 32. Challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases in China 33. Mental Health 34. Controlling the Tobacco Epidemic: Lessons from Hong Kong 35. Public Health Case Law Study: Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products 36. Screening for Cancer: Colorectal Cancer and Breast Cancer in Hong Kong as Case Studies Part 6: Health Services Introduction: Health Services 37. Child and Teen Health in Southeast Asia 38. Non-Government Organisations and Health: A Case Study on Save the Children, China 39. Providing Services for Women's Health 40. Developing Primary Care in China 41. Conceptualising the Integration of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Health Systems: Patients, Policies, Professions and Providers 42. Health Systems in Asia: Achievements and Challenges 43. Health Care Financing in Taiwan 44. The Challenge of Managing Health Human Resources: A Case Study on the Philippines 45. Medical Tourism in Thailand 46. Comparative Health Systems in Asia Part 7: Future Challenges 47. The Future