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Historical Perspectives on the State of Health and Health Systems in Africa, Volume II

The Modern Era


  • Provides an extensive and comprehensive overview of the history of contemporary health and health systems in Africa

  • Based on extensive primary source material

  • Provides a followup from Volume I which discusses precolonial health systems in Africa


Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

About this book


This book focuses on Africa’s challenges, achievements, and failures over the past several centuries using an interdisciplinary approach that combines theory and fact and evidence-based practices and interventions in public health, and argues that most of the health problems in Africa are not a result of scarce or lack of resources, but of the misconceived and misplaced priorities that have left the continent behind every other on the globe in terms of health, education, and equitable distribution of opportunities and access to (quality) health as agreed by the United Nations member states at Alma-Ata in 1978. 


Health in Africa Post-colonial health systems in Africa Health policy in Africa 20th century African health AIDS epidemic in Africa

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Jackson State UniversityJacksonUSA

About the authors

Mario J. Azevedo is Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University, USA. He has served as Chair of the Africana Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences, and Interim Dean of the College of Public Service at Jackson State University. Azevedo has published a number of articles and books on African History and Health. His most recent book, Health and the State of Health Care in Mississippi, was published in 2015.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Historical Perspectives on the State of Health and Health Systems in Africa, Volume II
  • Book Subtitle The Modern Era
  • Authors Mario J. Azevedo
  • Series Title African Histories and Modernities
  • Series Abbreviated Title African Histories and Modernities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-32563-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81315-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-32564-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African History
    Social History
    Public Policy
    Imperialism and Colonialism
    African Politics
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