Geographies of development and health in sub-Saharan Africa III -- Chronic conditions & looming epidemics

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Africa Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Gallier A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Vincent Kuuire, Elijah Bisung
Chairs: Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Vincent Kuuire*, University of Toronto Mississauga, Philip Baiden, The University of Texas at Arlington, Nibedita Shrestha, The University of Texas at Arlington, Betty Chelangat Tonui, The University of Texas at Arlington, Mavis Dako-Gyeke, University of Ghana, Bullying victimization and suicidal behaviours among adolescents in Ghana 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Hamish Robertson*, , Prince Michael Amegbor, Queens University, Kingston ON, Canada, Nick Nicholas, The Demographer's Workshop, Chronic Disease in Africa: Estimation and Visualisation of the Dementias in Ghana 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Jason Were*, Western University, Irena Creed, Department of Geography, Western university, Saverio Stranges, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University, Key determinants of the transitioning nutrition status of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Kevin Mwenda*, University of California, Santa Barbara, Multilevel Spatial Modelling of Chronic Child Undernutrition in Kenya 20 6:20 PM
Presenter Ayodeji Iyanda*, Texas State University, Mark A Deka, Texas State University-San MArcos, Is Africa and rest of the world ready for another hemorrhagic virus? A geographic perspective of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) 20 6:40 PM

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