In terms of the development-health nexus, sub-Saharan Africa can be characterized as a continent of parallels. On one hand, the continent is home to some of the highest incidence of poverty and low standards of living. In addition to this, poverty related conditions (e.g. limited access to health care, food insecurity, famine and malnutrition) along with high prevalence of many infectious diseases (e.g. malaria, HIV/AIDS, cholera) continue to afflict millions across the region. At the same time, the sub-continent is witnessing rapid economic growth and improvements in standards of living for sections of the population. The region is experiencing some of the most rapid urbanization rates, increasing availability of specialized health services, technological advancements, growth of the middle class and associated lifestyle changes — all under the broader umbrella of globalization. As a result, although infectious diseases continue to be the most important cause of mortality and morbidity, other important trends such as an increasing life expectancy and growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases are also becoming prominent. Consequently, different countries and various locations within countries are at different phases of the epidemiological transition. This session attempts to provide a platform where both old but persistent problems such as health care access disparities, the burden of infectious diseases and the nature of health systems are discussed and concurrently paying equal attention to emerging new challenges such as NCDs, ageing, mental health and allergies.
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|Presenter||Jemima Nomunume Baada*, University of Western Ontario, Bipasha Baruah, University of Western Ontario, Yujiro Sano, University of Western Ontario, Kilian Nasung Atuoye, University of Western Ontario, Isaac Luginaah, University of Western Ontario, Looming Crisis: Climate Change in Ghana’s Breadbasket and the Experiences of Migrant Farmers in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana||20||1:40 PM|
|Presenter||Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong*, University of Denver, The paradox of seed banks, indigenous knowledge and agrobiodiversity conservation under climate change in northern Ghana||20||2:00 PM|
|Presenter||Joseph Messina*, Michigan State University, Brad Peter, Michigan State University , Leah Mungai, Michigan State University, April Frake, Michigan State University, Scaling Agricultural Innovations in Malawi||20||2:20 PM|
|Presenter||Dinka Zewudie Biru*, Lanzhou university, Ding wenguang, Lanzhou University, Participatory assessment of crucial decision factors in climate compatible development strategies of rain-fed farmers in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia||20||2:40 PM|
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