Global public health is of growing concern to most governments and populations, nowhere more so than in Asia, the world’s largest and most populous continent. Whilst major advances have been made in controlling infectious diseases through public health measures as well as clinical medical treatments, the world now faces other challenges including ageing populations and the epidemic crisis of obesity and non-communicable diseases. New emerging infections continue to develop and the growing threats to health due to environmental pollution and climate change increase the need for resilience and sustainability. These threats to health are global in nature, and this Handbook will explore perspectives on current public health issues in South, Southeast and East Asia, informing global as well as regional debate.

Whilst many books cite Western examples of the development of global public health, this Handbook brings together both Western and Eastern scholarship, creating a new global public health perspective suitable to face modern challenges in promoting the population’s health. This Handbook is essential reading not only for students, professionals and scholars of global public health and related fields but is also written to be accessible to those with a general interest in the health of Asia.

part I|112 pages

Historical context and introductory concepts

part |19 pages

Introduction to Part I.1: historical context

chapter 1|16 pages

Historical perspectives in public health

Experiences from Hong Kong
ByLanjuan Li

part |92 pages

Introduction to Part I.2: introductory concepts

chapter 2|14 pages

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Relevance for low-income countries in Asia
ByJunko Yasuoka, Junko Saito, Yu Mon Saw, Bruno F. Sunguya, Rachel M. Amiya, Masamine Jimba

chapter 3|23 pages

Migration and health

Lessons from China
ByHildy F. Fong, Jin Mou

chapter 4|6 pages

The challenges of ageing in Japan

ByTomiko Hokama, Haley L. Cash

chapter 5|6 pages

Developing public health infrastructure in India

ByK. Srinath Reddy, Manu Raj Mathur

chapter 7|10 pages

Research challenges for public health in Asia

ByPascale Allotey, Daniel D. Reidpath, Julius Cheah

chapter 8|12 pages

Developing the public health workforce in Asia

ByTim Evans, Syed Masud Ahmed

part II|54 pages

Epidemiology as research methodology and its applications

part |52 pages

Introduction to Part II: epidemiology as research methodology and its applications

chapter 9|15 pages


From observation to public health action
ByRoger Y. Chung, Jean H. Kim

chapter 10|15 pages

Evidence-based decision making in health care

ByVincent C. H. Chung, Jin Ling Tang

chapter 11|19 pages

The challenges of cancer in China

ByHongbing Shen

part III|108 pages

Infectious diseases

part |106 pages

Introduction to Part III: infectious diseases

chapter 12|26 pages

Chronic neglected diseases of poverty in Asia

Challenges and opportunities ahead
ByJörg Utzinger, Peiling Yap, Shan Lv, Guo-Jing Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou, Peter Horby, David Molyneux

chapter 13|5 pages

Role of government agencies in controlling disease

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection as a case study
ByThomas Tsang Ho-Fai

chapter 14|8 pages

The role of Centres for Disease Control in China

Shanghai as a case study
ByFan Wu

chapter 15|18 pages

Reflections on public health challenges of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men in China

ByJoseph T. F. Lau, Eric P. F. Chow, Jing Hua Li, Lei Zhang

chapter 16|10 pages

Tuberculosis control in Asia

The case of China
ByJohn Walley, Xiaolin Wei

chapter 17|11 pages

Viral hepatitis in Southeast Asia

ByLanjuan Li

chapter 18|14 pages

Emerging infectious diseases in Asia

ByPeter Horby

chapter 19|10 pages

Climate change and its impact on the patterns of disease

Malaria in the People's Republic of China as a case study
ByGuo-Jing Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou

part IV|142 pages

Environment and sustainability

part |140 pages

Introduction to Part IV: environment and sustainability

chapter 20|18 pages

Climate change and health

ByJonathan M. Samet, Junfeng (Jim) Zhang

chapter 21|11 pages

Case study: Climate and Health Council

Engaging health professions in change
BySue Atkinson, Graeme Maugham, Robin Stott

chapter 22|18 pages

Air pollution

The public health challenges
ByTze Wai Wong, Andromeda H. S. Wong

chapter 23|18 pages


The public health challenges
ByAmal K. Mitra

chapter 24|11 pages

Food security and safety in China and Hong Kong

ByY. Y. Ho, Constance Chan

chapter 25|15 pages

Responding to disasters in low-income countries

ByEmily Y. Y. Chan

chapter 27|22 pages

Public health roles in response to the 2011 Thailand flooding

ByPhitaya Charupoonphol

chapter 28|14 pages

Occupational health

ByWeihong Chen, Tangchun Wu

part V|122 pages

Health improvement

part |120 pages

Introduction to Part V: health improvement

chapter 29|16 pages

Policy for the prevention of diet-related non-communicable diseases in the Asia-Pacific region

ByAnne Marie Thow, Shauna Downs, Stephen Leeder

chapter 30|21 pages

The challenge of non-communicable diseases in Asia

The case of diabetes
ByAzadeh Zabetian, Mary Beth Weber, Lisa R. Staimez, Roopa Shivashankar, K. M. Venkat Narayan, Mohammed K. Ali

chapter 31|9 pages

Community outreach to prevent diabetes in Hong Kong

Diabetes Hongkong as a case study
ByRonald C. W. Ma, Vincent T. F. Yeung

chapter 32|14 pages

Challenges of non-communicable diseases in China

ByLiming Li, Jun Lv, Johnny Yu Jiang

chapter 33|13 pages

Mental health as a public health concern

BySamuel Y. S. Wong

chapter 34|14 pages

Controlling the tobacco epidemic

Lessons from Hong Kong
ByJudith Mackay, T. H. Lam, Sophia S. C. Chan

chapter 35|10 pages

Public health law case study

Plain packaging of tobacco products
ByBryan Mercurio

chapter 36|17 pages

Screening for cancer

Colorectal cancer and breast cancer in Hong Kong as case studies
ByMartin Wong, Josette Chor

part VI|169 pages

Health services

part |167 pages

Introduction to Part VI: health services

chapter 37|14 pages

Child and teen health in Southeast Asia

ByAnisha Abraham

chapter 38|8 pages

Non-governmental organizations and health

A case study on Save the Children, China
ByPia MacRae, Ruikan Yang, Linghui Jiang, Jinping Guo

chapter 39|13 pages

Providing services for women's health

ByCarmen Wong, Josette Chor

chapter 40|17 pages

Developing primary care in China

ByHarry Hao-Xiang Wang, Jia-Ji Wang

chapter 41|12 pages

Conceptualizing the integration of traditional and complementary medicine in health systems

Patients, policies, professions and providers
ByVincent C. H. Chung

chapter 42|14 pages

Health systems in Asia

Achievements and challenges
ByEng Kiong Yeoh, Patsy Y. K. Chau, Carrie H. K. Yam

chapter 43|15 pages

Health care financing in Taiwan

ByTung-liang Chiang

chapter 44|27 pages

The challenge of managing health human resources

A case study on the Philippines
ByMaria Elena Baltazar Herrera

chapter 45|19 pages

Medical tourism in Thailand

BySiripen Supakankunti

chapter 46|20 pages

Comparative health systems in Asia

ByKai Hong Phua, Mary Lai Lin Wong

part VII|9 pages

Future challenges

chapter 47|7 pages

Looking to the future

BySiân M. Griffiths, Jin Ling Tang, Eng Kiong Yeoh