Health, Nutrition, and Economic Crises: Approaches to Policy in the Third World

Health, Nutrition, and Economic Crises: Approaches to Policy in the Third World

Health, Nutrition, and Economic Crises: Approaches to Policy in the Third World

Health, Nutrition, and Economic Crises: Approaches to Policy in the Third World

Synopsis

Distinguished international experts evaluate in this volume how health and nutrition in poor countries have been affected by economic adjustments made in response to external shocks. They explore the origins, magnitude, and future outlook of the adjustments required of developing countries; discuss the impact on health and nutritional services; consider what policies would be most effective in minimizing the adverse effects on food and nutrition; and examine what can be done to achieve the best possible health services in the face of economic constraints and crisis.

Excerpt

This volume is a result of the Second Takemi Symposium on International Health, held on May 20-22, 1986, at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. the Symposium brought together distinguished participants from around the world to discuss the effects of economic crises on health and nutrition in poor countries and to explore the policies that might mitigate the adverse consequences of economic adjustment. the Symposium considered a set of papers prepared in advance, many of which were later revised to reflect issues raised in the discussions. the revised papers are presented in this volume, along with an introductory chapter by the editors.

The meeting was organized by the Takemi Program in International Health, which was established at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1983. the Program is named in honor of the late Dr. Taro Takemi, an eminent Japanese physician and President of the Japan Medical Association for more than a quarter of a century. in its various activities, the Program seeks to carry forward Dr. Takemi's objectives of health improvement based on the application of economics to medicine, greater equity, and more attention to environmental concerns. It gives particular emphasis to issues of mobilizing and allocating resources for health. As part of the Program an international conference is held every two years, alternating between Tokyo and Boston, as a reflection of the ties across the Pacific and the concerns on both sides for international health.

This Symposium was co-sponsored with unicef, the Ford Foundation, and the Institute for Seizon and Life Sciences in Tokyo. Their . . .

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