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Questioning the solution : politics of primary health care and child health with an in-depth critique of oral rehydration solution

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Analyzes and challenges conventional primary health care and child survival strategies. Too often, health and development planners try to use technological fixes rather than confront the social and economic inequities that perpetuate poverty, poor health, and high child mortality. As a case study, the authors show how marketing Oral Rehydration Therapy as a commercial product, rather than encouraging self-reliance, has turned this potentially life-saving technology into yet another way of exploiting and further impoverishing the poor. The book explores the history of medicine and public health since colonial times, and shows that health is determined more by the equity or inequity of social structures than by conventional health services. It reveals how structural adjustment policies and the globalisation of the economy diminish the health and quality of life of vulnerable people, especially women and children. Examples from many countries (including Mexico, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Nicaragua) illustrate instructive approaches to health and development that put human needs before top-heavy economic growth. The four major parts of the book are: the rise and fall of primary health care; Oral Rehydration Therapy: a solution to death from diarrhea?; what really determines the health of a population; and solutions that empower the poor: examples of equity-oriented initiatives

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Population and Health InfoShare is an electronic library of material submitted by over 100 partner organisations. It features documents in reproductive and child health, HIV/AIDS, population and related areas. The primary objectives of PH InfoShare are to increase access to important population and health information; provide a means for organisations to share and exchange information; and foster greater dissemination of research findings and lessons learned. For users, PH InfoShare affords easy access to population and health material. Users may access documents by visiting the website or by sending requests via e-mail. Additionally, users may subscribe to e-mail updates, specifying the material they want to receive by topic, region, and partner, or can email themselves documents that they have identified through searching the website. The search facility allows users to select a topic, language, region/country and partner organisation from drop-down lists


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