Public Health: An Action Guide to Improving Health (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199238934

John Walley; John Wright
376 ページ
172 x 246 mm

Many of the health problems in the developing world can be tackled or prevented through public health measures such as essential health care, improved living conditions, water, sanitation, nutrition, immunization, and the adoption of healthy lifestyles. Public Health is an action guide to improving public/community health, with a particular focus on low-middle income countries. It explains public health approaches to developing effective health services and preventive programmes. This Second Edition contains real examples, illustrations and case histories to bring an important subject to life for the reader. The book covers the essential clinical services and preventive programmes including those for TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and the integrated management of childhood and adult illnesses. Practical methods are given for assessing health needs and working with communities to develop health services, and the development of hospital, health centre, and community health services, particularly mother, neonatal and child health services are explained. Additionally gender, social and economic influences on communities' health are explored. The clear language that is used throughout the book to describe the key public health skills (such as epidemiology, managing medicines, communicable and non communicable disease control, health financing, and implementing health services and programmes), will be accessible and highly valuable to doctors, community nurses, and other health professionals, whether in training or in practice as health officers and mangers of health services and programmes.


1. Public Health and the burden of disease
2. Public Health interventions
3. Epidemiology in practice
4. Assessing health needs
5. Choosing the best Public Health interventions
6. Planning, implementing and managing interventions
7. Understanding and using health economics and financing
8. Health promotion
9. Health policy and systems
10. Developing a district health care service
11. Maternal neonatal and child health
12. Essential drugs
13. Communicable disease control principles and toolkit
14. Controlling major communicable diseases
15. Non-communicable diseases
16. Quality control, safety and better practice
17. Future trends in global public health


John Walley practiced medicine in the UK until 1984 when he became a provincial Medical Officer of Health in Zimbabwe, where he implemented Mother and child health and PHC-community health worker projects in several districts. Following his MPH and Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, he became a health programme manager in a region of Ethiopia, developing integrated MCH/ family planning, TB and HIV services. From 1990-93 he was a Consultant for the Global AIDS Control Programme in Geneva and Malawi, and then a Health Training Adviser at the Ministry of Health, Vietnam. He is a co-director of a 7 country communicable disease research programme called COMDIS. His research and development work in recent years has been on TB, HIV and malaria.; John Wright is a clinical epidemiologist and deputy medical director of Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust. He has a background in hospital medicine and public health in the UK and in Africa. He has been working in Bradford since 1996 and is Visiting Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Universities of York, Leeds and Bradford. He worked in a rural hospital in Swaziland with his wife Helen in the 1990's and subsequently continued to maintain close professional and personal links, establishing a strong programme of international health development particularly in the fields of HIV/AIDS and TB. He is the Director of the Bradford Institute for Health and has established and leads the Born in Bradford cohort study which is following the lives of 10,000 children born in the city between 2007-10 to determine the genetic, lifestyle and environmental influence on health and well-being.