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Behavior Change and Public Health in the Developing World

Behavior Change and Public Health in the Developing World

January 2001 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Focusing on universal public health issues, this book explores what can be done and what the future holds. It introduces students and practitioners to behaviour change theories and applications. It details experiences of sucessful programmes for the prevention and control of the world's biggest killers: malnutrition; respiratory infections; diarrhea; HIV/AIDS; and health problems arising from tobacco consumption and lack of access to family planning. The book explores health communication and social marketing strategies, learning theory, media advocacy and community development. These behaviour-change strategies are presented in temrs of how the theory relates specifically to a particular health or disease issue.
Health Behavior in the Developing World
A Few Good Theories and Behavioral Interventions That Work
Family Planning
Infectious Diseases
Tobacco Control
Taking on the Wheel of Disease
Health Behavior Change in the 21st Century


"John Elder pulls together the story of communication and public health. This book will be a unique guide for both the health professional and the communication students to the ideas and programs that have shaped the past thirty years. It goes beoynd the story of advertising and campaigns and exposes the real contribution of social marketing and social advocacy to some of the biggest public health success stories of our time." 

William Smith
Academy for Educational Development, Washington DC

"Elder is to be applauded for a thought-provoking vision that ought to guide health planners in developing countries to address the seemingly insurmountable challenges posed by the health sector. The author is also to be commended for compiling a rich array of success stories that one night want to examine and emulate in the quest to alleviate the developing world's health ordeals"

Social Science & Medicine

“This is not a cookbook on health education, rather it goes upstream itself to the theoretical roots of public health and the needs of the 21st century. It is a welcome addition to the literature.”  

Contemporary Psychology

A useful look to the past and the factors involved in successfull health promotion approaches. An interesting guide for Public Health students.

Ms Susan Stallabrass
School of Health and Human Sciences, Essex University
November 9, 2011

This book is written in a simplified form that helps students understand at simple reading the issues in Public Health. A suitable guide book to students of Public Health

Mr Moses Murandu
School of Health & Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
March 8, 2011

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