Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. The World’s Heterogeneity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Allan Rosenfield, Caroline J. Min
      Pages 3-17
    3. Victor Y.H. Yu
      Pages 43-51
    4. Nancy Gerein, Andrew Green, Tolib Mirzoev, Stephen Pearson
      Pages 83-97
    5. Mary Ann Pass, Rebecca Pass
      Pages 99-118
  3. Politics, Power, and Maternal and Child Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Emmanuel d’Harcourt, Susan Purdin
      Pages 121-133
    3. Rachel Tolhurst, Joanna Raven, Sally Theobald
      Pages 151-166
    4. Sarah Windle, Chuks Kamanu, Ebere Anyanwu, John E. Ehiri
      Pages 167-189
    5. Andrzej Kulczycki
      Pages 191-201
  4. Specific Disease Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Martin Meremikwu, Emmanuel Ezedinachi, John E. Ehiri
      Pages 205-223
    3. Cynthia Boschi-Pinto, Claudio F. Lanata, Robert E. Black
      Pages 225-243
    4. Krishna Reddy, David Moore, Robert Gilman
      Pages 245-269
    5. Olaf Müller, Albrecht Jahn
      Pages 287-310
    6. L. Lewis Wall
      Pages 311-321
    7. William Pickett, Marianne Nichol, John E. Ehiri
      Pages 341-357
  5. Programs, Policies, and Emerging Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Alan Tita, John E. Ehiri
      Pages 361-373
    3. Andrew L. Cherry, Lisa Byers, Mary Dillon
      Pages 375-397
    4. Rebecca Affolder, Michel Zaffran, Julian Lob-Levyt
      Pages 417-433
    5. Elizabeth Lule, James Rosen
      Pages 435-462
    6. Andrea Gottsegen Asnes, John M. Leventhal
      Pages 463-477
    7. Nancy Mock, Elke de Buhr
      Pages 479-496
    8. Martin Meremikwu, John E. Ehiri
      Pages 497-514
    9. Jeffrey M. Smith, Anne Hyre
      Pages 515-532
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 543-582

About this book


Maternal and Child Health: Global Challenges, Programs, and Policies

Edited by John Ehiri, PhD, MPH, MSc (Econ.)


Our current era of globalization, war, and socioeconomic unrest has revealed public health as a worldwide concern and a major frontier for social justice with maternal and child health at its epicenter. Yet, there has been a relative scarcity of textbooks specifically dedicated to this crucial area. Maternal and Child Health: Global Challenges, Programs, and Policies addresses this gap by analyzing the range of socioeconomic and environmental factors, health care disparities, politics, policies, and cultural practices that impact the health and safety of mothers, as well as the well-being and optimum development of their children.

Individual sections focus on unequal distribution of the world’s resources, politics and power, specific disease concerns, programs, policies and emerging concerns with a focus on what is currently being done, and what needs to be done to improve the health status of women, children, and adolescents. The book’s contributors are some of the world’s most respected experts, carefully selected to represent different global geographic regions and diverse professional disciplines related to maternal and child health from both academic and field practice perspectives.

Among the topics in this authoritative volume:

  • The impact of war, globalization, gender inequity, and harmful traditional practices (e.g., female genital mutilation).
  • Specific health concerns, including tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, and malnutrition.
  • Child and adolescent health issues, from abuse and neglect to children in difficult circumstances.
  • Pregnancy-related issues: safety, abortion and post-abortion care, teen pregnancy, and more.
  • Strategies for planning, developing, and maintaining maternal and child health systems in developing countries.
  • The status of global initiatives, such as Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses and the Millennium Development Goals.
  • The status of evidence-based maternal and child health in the developing world.

With such a wealth of information on both practical and conceptual levels, Maternal and Child Health: Global Challenges, Programs, and Policies is as relevant to students and researchers in the field as it is to policy makers and those working for global health and development organizations. Each chapter features discussion questions and learning objectives, making this book an excellent stand-alone text for courses in global health in general and global maternal and child health in particular.


Abortion Adolescent Health Child Maltreatment Childhood Diarrhea Female Genital Mutilation Gender Equity Global Immunization Global Perinatal Health Globalization ICMI; health and socioeconomic factors health and the environment health systems

Editors and affiliations

  • John Ehiri
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public HealthUniversity of Alabama, BirminghamBirminghamUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-89244-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-89245-0
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