What social factors contribute to the tragic state of health care in Africa?
Focusing on East African societies, this book is the first to investigate what role religion plays in health care in African cultures. Taking into account the geopolitical and economic environments of the region, the authors examine the roles played by individual and group beliefs, government policies, and pressure from the Millennium Development Goals in affecting health outcomes.
Informed by existing related studies, and on-the-ground interviews with individuals and organizations in Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia, this interdisciplinary book will form an invaluable resource for scholars seeking to better understand the links between society, multi-level state instruments, and health care in East Africa.
"This book will fascinate scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and erudite readers alike. The authors leverage an impressive array of original evidence to present a persuasive argument about the relationship between spiritual and physical practices. This matters, and it makes for compelling reading." Ron E. Hassner, University of California, Berkeley
Robert B. Lloyd is the Loreen Beisswenger Farish Chair for Political Thought and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Melissa Haussman is a Professor of Political Science at Carleton University. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of five previous books. She was the senior co-editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies from June 2014-2018, and is on the board of the European Journal of Politics and Gender and the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy.
Patrick James is the Dornsife Dean’s Professor of the School of International Relations, University of Southern California. He has published 30 books and 150 articles and chapters. He served as President of the International Studies Association for 2018-19.
Religion, health care, and Africa
Background knowledge, theorizing, and evidence
What have we learned?