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Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research

Malaria in South Asia

Eradication and Resurgence During the Second Half of the Twentieth Century

Editors: Akhtar, Rais, Dutt, Ashok K., Wadhwa, Vandana (Eds.)

  • Provides geographical perspective and diffusion analysis of malaria in the recent history of South Asian countries
  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach: coverage combines medical geography, Asian studies, planning, epidemiology, pure sciences (vaccine and genetic engineering considerations, clinical study reports) and public health
  • Contains up-to-date information for scholars and professionals in health planning and development, also valuable for students
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About this book

This highly topical book provides an in-depth account of the South Asian experience with the deadly disease that has held this region hostage for millennia. The book touches specifically on the resurgence of malaria experienced in the second half of the twentieth century, which occurred just a few years after malaria was thought to have been virtually eradicated from the region. The causes and consequences of this reappearance across space and time are discussed. The book also covers past, present and future ways to curb, control and ultimately, conquer malaria. As malaria continues to ravage the developing world, even in today’s ‘age of science’, this is a particularly relevant book, especially as most studies analyze the problem in Africa, the continent that bears the brunt of this disease. Here, the authors call attention to challenges in South Asia, home to an immense at-risk population. The chapters use a range of conceptual frameworks, quantitative analyses and descriptive approaches, finding that malaria is not just a complex disease driven by highly adaptive agents and vectors thriving in particular ecologies, but also a social concern deeply related to the region’s cultural traditions, financial and developmental shortfalls, and inexorably related to political will.

The book comprehensively deals with all aspects of the malaria situation in South Asia, and is invaluable to upper level students as well as emerging and established scholars in the fields of medical geography and epidemiology, Asian studies and development studies.

Key themes: malaria, South Asia, resurgence, eradication, medical geography

Rais Akhtar is CSIR Emeritus Scientist at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has numerous publications on medical geography, and over 12 books. He is the recipient of multiple international fellowships, and was nominated to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which co-won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.

Dr. Ashok K. Dutt is Professor Emeritus of Geography, Planning, and Urban Studies at The University of Akron. He has published in major journals of the world and has written and edited over 20 books. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow, received the R.N. Dubey Foundation award for Lifetime Achievement in Geography, and Bhugool Bachaspati (Most Learned Geographer) award from the National Association of Indian Geographers.

Dr. Vandana Wadhwa is Lecturer at Boston University, Massachusetts. She has published in several major journals and contributed various books chapters and encyclopedia entries. She is the former Chair of the Health & Medical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, Secretary-Treasurer of its Disability Specialty Group, and Director of South Asia Studies within the Asian Geography Specialty Group.

About the authors

Rais Akhtar is CSIR Emeritus Scientist at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published more then 12 books and numerous articles on medical geography. He is the recipient of multiple international fellowships, and was nominated to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which co-won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.

Dr. Ashok K. Dutt is Professor Emeritus of Geography, Planning, and Urban Studies at The University of Akron. He has published in major journals of the world and has written and edited over 20 books. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow, received the R.N. Dubey Foundation award for Lifetime Achievement in Geography, and was honored with the title of Bhugool Bachaspati (Most Learned Geographer) in 2008 at the National Congress of National Association of Indian Geographers.

Dr. Vandana Wadhwa is Lecturer at Boston University, Massachusetts. She has published in several major journals and contributed various books chapters and encyclopedia entries. She is the former Chair of the Health & Medical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, Secretary-Treasurer of its Disability Specialty Group, and Director of South Asia Studies within the Asian Geography Specialty Group.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The book under review, would serve as a good source document not only for medical geographers, but also for an interdisciplinary audience including health planners, social scientists, historians, non-governmental organizations, donor agencies and public health specialists. It would be good addition to the libraries of national and international medical institutions, serving as a reference for aspiring scholars studying South Asia. The editors have done a commendable job in highlighting the need for increased allocation of resources in South Asia … .” (Vas Dev, Current Science, Vol. 99 (8), October, 2010)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The History and Progression of Malaria: A Global and Regional View

    Wadhwa, Vandana (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • Resurgence of Malaria in Sri Lanka in the 1970s

    Dutt, Ashok K. (et al.)

    Pages 29-41

  • Malaria in Sri Lanka: A Geomedical Analysis1

    Peters, Gisela

    Pages 43-75

  • Malaria Resurgence in Nepal: An Overview

    Pant, Bishnu Dev

    Pages 77-86

  • Resurgence and Post-resurgence Periods of Malaria in Bangladesh

    Dutt, Ashok K. (et al.)

    Pages 87-105

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-3358-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-3357-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3124-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Malaria in South Asia
Book Subtitle
Eradication and Resurgence During the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
Editors
  • Rais Akhtar
  • Ashok K. Dutt
  • Vandana Wadhwa
Series Title
Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3358-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3358-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3357-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3124-0
Series ISSN
1879-7180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 241
Number of Illustrations and Tables
60 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour
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