Conclusions and Notes to the Reader

  • Mbuso Precious Mabuza


The book aimed to evaluate international public health issues, with a particular focus on diseases and disasters, policies and practices in low-, middle- and high-income countries. The magnitude of the disease burden is heavier in the low- and middle-income countries, and the picture is further exacerbated by resource constraints. While donor governments have committed funding and technical assistance to support low- and middle-income countries deal with the heavy burden of diseases, such support presents a threat to health systems in the context of sustainable leadership and sustainable financing in the recipient countries, if the donor funding is terminated or reduced. Inequality is a sore point, both internationally and intra-nationally, as it undermines the realisation of health as a human right for all people. Effective and sustainable disease control requires a holistic approach that goes beyond clinical medicine. The international public health impact of globalisation, climate change and disasters are key issues that need urgent attention in the context of a changing world.


Adolescents Burden of diseases Climate change Colonial history of public health Disasters Diseases control Globalisation Health systems High-income countries International public health Low-income countries Middle-income countries Millennium Development Goals Public health equity Sexual and reproductive health Sustainable Development Goals 

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mbuso Precious Mabuza
    • 1
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Personalised recommendations