Health Without Borders, 1st ed. 2017
Epidemics in the Era of Globalization
Author: Vineis PaoloLanguage: Anglais
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108 p. · 15.5x23.5 cm · Paperback
There is instability in health systems, which will worsen if preventive and buffering mechanisms do not take on a central role. We cannot exclude the possibility that the allied forces of poverty, social inequalities, climate change, industrial food and lack of governance will lead to a deterioration in the health of large sectors of the population. In low-income countries, while many of the traditional causes of death (infectious diseases) are still highly prevalent, other threats typical of affluent societies (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases) are increasing. Africa is not only affected by malaria, TB and HIV, but also by skyrocketing rates of cancer.
The book argues that the current situation requires effective and coordinated multinational interventions guided by the principle of health as a common good. An entirely competition-driven economy cannot – by its very nature – address global challenges that require full international cooperation. A communal global leadership is called for.
Paolo Vineis is a leading researcher in the fields of environmental and molecular epidemiology. His current research activities focus on examining biomarkers of disease risk and complex exposures, as well as studying the effects of climate change on non-communicable diseases. He has written several books and authored more than 800 scientific publications. He is Chair of Environmental Epidemiology at Imperial College, London and Head of the Unit of Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology at the HuGeF Foundation in Torino.
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