Health Communication and Disease in Africa

Beliefs, Traditions and Stigma

Editors: Falade, Bankole, Murire, Mercy (Eds.)

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  • Addresses different health issues across the African continent, bringing together multidisciplinary authors from across Africa and the rest of the world
  • Highlights and critically examines the social cultural and economic factors in public understanding of health and illness in Africa
  • Provides recommendations about how to overcome the identified obstacles and improve uptake of health information
  • Uniquely advocates for the combination of traditional communication strategies with western or mainstream media approaches
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About this book

This book is a collection of essays from across Africa which highlight the roles of beliefs and traditions in health behaviour. Chapters address mental health, risk perception, stigma, reproductive health, religion and health. The book also examines conceptual approaches in health communication and community development, both western and indigenous. 

Specific topics include Alzheimer’s, HIV and stigma; perception of risk from obesity, HIV prevention and preeclampsia; doctor-patient relationship and health beliefs of birth attendants; culture and mental health access and social media effects on mental health; the complementary use of contemporary and indigenous communication strategies and the accommodation of science by religious leaders during the COVID 19 pandemic.

The book, which starts by examining global inequalities in health, proposes an African approach informed by problematisation as theorised by Foucault and Freire, to unpack habits and social problems. It ends by asking the question: “Is science enough” and making a strong case for health enabling environments alongside science communication.


About the authors

Bankole Falade is a research fellow with the South African Research Chair in Science Communication, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Visiting Fellow, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. His research interests are in science and health communication.

 

Mercy Murire is a Senior researcher at the Wits Reproductive Health Institute (WRHI) and a researcher at University of Witwatersrand with the school of clinical medicine. Her research interests are in psychology and public health focusing on the intersections between sexual and reproductive health (SRH), mental health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV prevention, HIV stigma, contraceptives, and gender-based violence in adolescent girls and young women.



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This book will be of great value to health practitioners and policy-makers, researchersand students. Chapters showcase a range of theoretical approaches to healthcommunication skilfully linked by the editors’ Introductory and Concluding chapters.Together they provide the basis for a theoretical toolkit for the development ofactionable understandings of the processes through which abstract scientificknowledge is communicated to real people in real contexts – and the social andpsychological factors that mediate the success of a communication.It presents a compelling vision of an approach that is deeply rooted in Africanscholarship.— Catherine Campbell, Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology, Departmentof Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics andPolitical Science, UK

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Health Communication and Disease in Africa
Book Subtitle
Beliefs, Traditions and Stigma
Editors
  • Bankole Falade
  • Mercy Murire
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-2546-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-2546-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-2545-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 401
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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