Global public health is of growing concern to most governments and populations, nowhere more so than in Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent. Whilst major advances have been made in controlling infectious diseases through public health measures as well as clinical medical treatments, the world now faces other challenges including ageing populations and the epidemic crisis of obesity and non-communicable diseases. New emerging infections continue to develop and the growing threats to health due to environmental pollution and climate change increase the need for resilience and sustainability. These threats to health are global in nature, and this Handbook will explore perspectives on current public health issues in South, Southeast and East Asia, informing global as well as regional debate.

Whilst many books cite Western examples of the development of global public health, this Handbook brings together both Western and Eastern scholarship, creating a new global public health perspective suitable to face modern challenges in promoting the population’s health. This Handbook is essential reading not only for students, professionals and scholars of global public health and related fields but is also written to be accessible to those with a general interest in the health of Asia.

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Part I Historical context and introductory concepts

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Part II Epidemiology as research methodology and its applications

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Part III Infectious diseases

chapter 17|11 pages

Viral hepatitis in Southeast Asia

chapter 18|14 pages

Emerging infectious diseases in Asia

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Part IV Environment and sustainability

chapter 23|18 pages

Water: the public health challenges

chapter 28|14 pages

Occupational health

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Part V Health improvement

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Part VI Health services

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Part VII Future challenges