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Skin Disorders in Vulnerable Populations

Causes, Impacts and Challenges


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 1-12
  3. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 13-22
  4. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 23-64
  5. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 65-72
  6. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 73-82
  7. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 97-125
  8. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 127-145
  9. Fingani Annie Mphande
    Pages 147-156
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 157-179

About this book


This book focuses on neglected skin diseases and conditions in resource-poor countries through the lens of livelihoods. These diseases, when neglected, not only affect the skin, but also joint movement and physical appearance, severely influencing the lives and livelihoods of individuals and families in vulnerable communities. The book explores why neglected skin diseases thrive in resource-poor countries, and considers how this cycle might be broken by looking at the impact on livelihoods and access to healthcare in affected communities. The research is shaped by three guiding questions: Firstly, why have some measures been successful in one part of a population and not the other? Secondly, what is unique about vulnerable populations in various parts of the world? And thirdly, can the cycle of debilitating skin diseases and conditions in resource-poor countries be broken? In addressing these concerns, the book excavates past and present efforts in public health measures to combat these diseases, considers the impact of culture and livelihoods, and reviews some of the milestones in disease elimination and eradication. This book will be an indispensable source for health service planners, administrators and practitioners working with vulnerable populations, as well as students and researchers in public health. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineKing Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL)BangkokThailand

About the authors

Dr. Fingani Annie Mphande is a molecular biologist and microbiologist with extensive experience in infectious disease research in developing countries. She has a PhD in infection biology from the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden, a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Applied Food Microbiology from the University of Botswana, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. During her career, she has authored a number of publications in peer reviewed journals, as well as a book Infectious Diseases and Rural Livelihood in Developing Countries, which addresses the cycle of poverty, health and livelihood in resource-poor countries. She has worked with infectious diseases, looking at host-parasite interactions, vector management, as well as conducting an analysis and annotation of parasite genomes (Plasmodium genome). She is currently an independent consultant at TIA-Bio Consulting, focusing on diseases affecting vulnerable populations and resource-poor countries.

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“The book is aimed at health service planners and administrators, as well as students and researchers in public health. ... It is well researched, written, and illustrated. It documents the importance of integrating elimination strategies for skin diseases into the public health initiatives of the affected countries and localities. This is a useful study of an important but often neglected public health problem.” (Joan Ann MacEachen, Doody’s Book Reviews, August 21, 2020)