While working in Mexico in 1982, Johan van Lengen wrote and illustrated Manual Del Arquitecto Descalzo, a comprehensive guide to building simple homes highlighting modern and traditional techniques. The Mexican government was so impressed that it bought 40,000 copies and placed one in every library in the country. Now available in English for the first time, The Barefoot Architect describes in simple language the process of building housing and providing a healthful environment.
One edition of what remains the leading source for radical analysis in global healthcare. Combining rigorous analysis with practical policy suggestions, Global Health Watch 5 offers an accessible and compelling case for a radical new approach to healthcare across the world.
The Global Health Watch provides a platform for activists to share experiences, practical examples, and theoretical analyses to strengthen local, national, regional, and global campaigns towards Health for All. Global Health Watch 3 is the definitive independent source of data on global health and offers essential information for anyone working in the field.
The Global Health Watch is a call to all health workers to broaden and strengthen the global community of health advocates taking action on global health inequalities and their underlying political and economic determinants. Like its critically acclaimed predecessor, Global Health Watch 2 covers a comprehensive range of topics, including access to medicines, mental health, water and sanitation, nutrition, and war and conflict.
The Practice of International Health comprises a series of vivid first-person accounts in which physicians, epidemiologists, health workers, and public health professionals from around the world present the challenges facing the field. These case studies give voice to the real experiences of public health practitioners and the ethical choices they face — and encourage the reader to reflect upon the complex ethics of public health work.
In this powerful and accessible collection of essays, international scholars and activists examine how official and corporate actors of globalization - including multinationals, the IMF and World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and "first world" governments - have enacted policies that limit medical access and promote disease and death for many in the poor world.
Everybody In, Nobody Out offers a rare glimpse inside the mind of Quentin Young, MD, one of the nation's most fearless advocates for a single-payer health system, as we follow him through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and his days as the head of Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Throughout it all, Young shows he's never been afraid of questioning authority—without losing his unbridled optimism—in his fight for health care equality.
Health Rights Are Civil Rights situates health in the struggles for social change in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. Jenna M. Loyd describes how Black freedom, anti-war, welfare rights, and women's movement activists formed alliances to battle oppressive health systems and structural violence, working to establish the principle that health is a right.
This thought-provoking essay examines the structural inequality existing in our healthcare systems. From institutions to education to access to information, modern healthcare reinforces existing societal power dynamics in a myriad of ways. Author Mukhodpadhyay analyzes this structure, and offers methods of change that address systemic inequality and violence.
On the Atlantic coast of Honduras live the Garifuna, an Afro-Indigenous people with their own language and traditions. Revolutionary Medicine covers what happens when they decide to build their own hospital — run on solar energy, in a community without paved roads or electricity — and offer an alternative to the increasingly privatized national health system.
Since the creation of the Venezuelan health mission Barrio Adentro, thousands of Cuban medical professionals have provided quality health care for some of Venezuela's poorest communities. Revolutionary Doctors gives readers a first-hand account of Venezuela's innovative and inspiring program of community health care, designed to serve, and largely carried out by, the poor themselves.
In Comrades in Health, Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore M. Brown bring together a group of professionals and activists whose lives have been dedicated to international health. By presenting a combination of historical accounts and first-hand reflections, this collection aims to draw attention to the longstanding activities of progressive US health professionals and the lessons they brought home. Their involvement is presented against the background of foreign and domestic policy, social movements, and global politics.