This is a clear yet wide-ranging introduction to the state of health worldwide, exploring the ways in which health provision is often determined by ethnicity, class, and gender. Starting with a brief history of medical progress, this guide delves into current politics of health in the contexts of big business and private health provision, media, gender, and the environment.
Shereen Usdin is a medical doctor and a public health specialist. She is cofounder of the internationally acclaimed Soul City for Health and Development Communication in South Africa and works in the areas of development communication, HIV/AIDS, violence against women and human rights.
Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu1) Introduction2) Medicine - a brief history through time3) The politics of health4) Financing Health Care - Putting our moneywhere our mouth is5) Big Business, Big Trouble.6) The impact of media on health7) Gender and Health - Have we come a longway, Baby?8) Environment - what you don't see, can hurt!9) The International Health Industry10) Power to the People - Another World isPossibleContacts. Bibliography. Index.