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.
|Presenter||Florence Wullo Anfaara*, University of Western Ontario, Isaac Luginaah, University of Western Ontario, Kilian Nasung Atuoye, University of Western Ontario, Paul Mkandawire, Carleton University, Voluntary testing for HBV in the Upper West Region of Ghana: Where do People go?||20||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Elijah Bisung*, Queen's University, Improved access to water and population wellbeing: A qualitative longitudinal study in Kenya||20||3:40 PM|
|Presenter||Seth Haase*, Calvin College, Lyall Blanche*, Calvin College, Taek Nam*, Calvin College, Jason VanHorn, Calvin College, Geospatial Transformations: Water, Health, Maps, and Liberia||20||4:00 PM|
|Presenter||Matlhogonolo Kelepile*, Michigan State University, Sue C Grady, Michigan State University, Spatial Analysis of HIV Incidence and Prevalence and Antiretroviral (ARV) Uptake in Urban, Peri-villages and Rural Environments of Botswana, Sub-Saharan Africa||20||4:20 PM|
|Presenter||Tekleab Gala*, Chicago State University, Nonkululeko Kunene, Rush University Medical Center, William Ebomoyi, Chicago State University, Geospatial Intelligence for Scaling-up Spatiotemporal Dynamics and controls of HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rates of Sub-Saharan African Countries||20||4:40 PM|
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