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Reading: A History of Global Health

by on March 24, 2017

A History of Global HealthA History of Global Health: Interventions into the lives of other peoples
Packard, Randall M. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been invested in global health programs over the past century, but millions of people in low-income countries continue to live without access to basic health and sanitation services. This book argues that while global health initiatives have saved millions of lives, they have had a limited impact on global health because these efforts have failed to build the necessary infrastructure to manage the ongoing health problems of the local population. Packard emphasizes the importance of addressing the underlying social and economic causes of poor health and offers a critical historical view of the formation and implementation of global health policies and practices.

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