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Improving Global Health: Volume 3 (Patterns of Potential Human Progress)by Barry B. Hughes
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This is the third volume in a series (Patterns of Potential Human Progress) emanating from the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the U. of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. All five authors (one of whom, Barry B. Hughes, is the series editor) are affiliated with the Center, where the International Futures project has developed over several decades. Its aim is to create the capacity to forecast the future of key global issues and envision alternatives, employing open, transparent forecasting tools. Devoted to health, this volume begins with context (the story so far) and then presents discussion of health in terms of measures, outcomes, and drivers such as income, education, and time, among other topics. Subsequent chapters address forecasting models, the current path, and various risk factors (e.g. childhood undernutrition, obesity, tobacco use, and environmental pollution. A great deal of information is presented in figures and tables. This is a volume of primary interest to policy makers involved with all levels and facets of health planning. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Improving Global Health" is the third in a series of volumes-Patterns of Potential Human Progress-that uses the International Futures (IFs) simulation model to explore prospects for human development: how development appears to be unfolding globally and locally, how we would like it to evolve, and how better to assure that we move it in desired directions. Earlier volumes addressed the reduction of global poverty and the advance of global education. Volume 3 sets out to tell a story of possible futures for the health of peoples across the world. Questions the volume addresses include: -What health outcomes might we expect given current patterns of human development?-What opportunities exist for intervention and the achievement of alternate health futures?-How might improved health futures affect broader economic, social, and political prospects of countries, regions, and the world?
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