HIV/AIDS, Illness, and African Well-Being

HIV/AIDS, Illness, and African Well-Being

Edited by Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton


University of Rochester Press



A comprehensive view of health issues currently plaguing Africa, with an emphasis on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
HIV/AIDS, Illness and African Well-Being highlights the specific health problems facing Africa today, most particularly the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the book presents not only various health crises, but also the larger historical and contemporary contexts within which they must be understood and managed. Chapters offering analysis of specific illness case studies, and the effects of globalization and underdevelopment on health, provide an overarching context in which HIV/AIDS and other health-related concerns can be understood. The contributions on the HIV/AIDS pandemic grapple with the complications of national and international policies, the sociological effects of the pandemic, and policy options for the future. HIV/AIDS, Illness and African Well-Being thus provides a comprehensive view of health issues currently plaguing the continent and the many different ways that scholars are interpreting the health outlook in Africa.

Contributors: Obijiofor Aginam, Yacouba Banhoro, Richard Beilock, Charity Chenga, Mandi Chikombero, Kaley Creswell, Freek Cronjé, Frank N. F. Dadzie, Gabriel B. Fosu, Stephen Obeng-Manu Gyimah, Kathryn H. Jacobsen, W. Bediako Lamousé-Smith, William N. Mkanta, Gerald M. Mumma, Kalala Ngalamulume, Raphael Chijioke Njoku, Cecilia S. Obeng, Iruka N. Okeke, Akpen Philip, Baffour K. Takyi, Melissa K. Van Dyke, Sophie Wertheimer, Ellen A. S. Whitney

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Matthew M. Heaton is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.


June 2007
36 line illustrations
428 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
ISBN: 9781580462402
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC SOC042000, MED036000, MED022020
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Table of Contents

The Infectious Continent: Africa, Disease, and the Western Imagination - Sophie Wertheimer
Waterborne Diseases and Urban Water Supply in Makurdi, Nigeria, 1927-60 - Akpen Philip
Smallpox and Social Control in Colonial Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, 1850-1916 - Kalala Ngalamulume
Poor Man's Trouble, Rich Man's Graveyard: A Study of Malaria and Epidemiological Sciences since the Nineteenth Century - Raphael Chijioke Njoku
Perceptions of Epilepsy in a Traditional Society: An Akan (Ghana) Family's Experience - Dr. Cecilia Obeng
Disability in Nigeria - Gabriel B. Fosu-Ph.D. Scientific Rev Admi and Prof. Willie Lamouse-Smith and Baffour K. Takyi-Associate Prof. and Stephen Obeng-Manu Gyimah
The Microbial Rebellion: Trends and Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa - Iruka N. Okeke
Development and Epidemiologic Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa - Frank D.F. Dadzie and Melissa K. Van Dyke
The Economic Burden of Buruli Ulcer Disease on Households in Rural Ghana - Frank D.F. Dadzie and Gerald A. Mumma
Health Issues in a Mining Community in South Africa - Freek Cronjé and Charity Chenga
Globalization, Health, and the Hajj: The West African Pilgrimage Scheme, 1919-38 - Matthew Heaton
Of Savages and Mass Killing: HIV/AIDS, Africa and the Crisis of Global Health Governance - Obi Aginam
Vicissitudes of AIDS Policies in Burkina Faso from 1985 to 2001: A Historical Perspective - Yacouba Banhoro
Factors Associated with Deliberate Attempts to Transmit HIV Infection among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania - William N. Mkanta
Development and Alternative Mitigation Treatment Opportunities of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic - Richard Beilock
Development and Alternative Mitigation Treatment Opportunities of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic - Kaley Creswell
Confusion, Anger, and Denial: Results of HIV/AIDS Focus Group Discussions with Urban Adult Zimbabweans - Mandi Chikombero
Three Proposals for Analyzing the Economic Growth Effects of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa - Richard Beilock


Among the book's obvious strengths are that it includes contributions from African as well as non-African scholars and that it approaches its subject from different disciplinary perspectives, ranging from biology over economy and sociology to history. JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY, Volume 50, 2009

HIV/AIDS, Illness, and African Well-Being links history, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and diseases across Africa in a very interesting and holistic manner that captivates the reader. . . By presenting Africa's health issues in the context of its past socioeconomic practices, the book leads readers to envision better health outcomes that could have been based on the best of traditional and westernized Africa. SCIENCE, March 7, 2008 (Alash'le G. Abimiku)

Falola and Heaton have edited a timely and useful book that will be of crucial interdisciplinary benefit to a wide spectrum of scholars and students, and to the general reader. The carefully selected contributors have produced essays on the HIV/AIDS pandemic and its vast implications, providing a scholarly gateway to the disease's further study in Africa and other developing societies. --A.B. Assensoh, Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington

HIV/AIDS, Illness, and African Well-Being is the most ambitious and refreshing work to date on the history of health and society in Africa. By the breadth of its canvas; its lively narrative; and its judicious and compelling analysis of contingent cultural, economic, and policy issues, this densely woven book will have wide disciplinary appeal to historians, social scientists, and public health and medical practitioners alike. It will remain the most authoritative scholarship on African health and medicine for many years to come. --George Ndege, Department of History, and the African American Program, Saint Louis University

Falola, Heaton, and their associated contributors have made a profound contribution to our understanding of HIV/AIDS in Africa. By addressing this difficult topic in historical and global context, and by keeping a constant eye to African understandings and perspectives towards disease, the editors and authors provide insights that are both scholarly and profoundly human. This is African Studies, and interdisciplinarity, done right!" --Jonathan T. Reynolds, Department of History and Geography, Northern Kentucky University

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