We try not to pick favorites in the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular, but I’ve failed this year with this week’s book, “The Riddle of Malnutrition: The Long Arc of Biomedical and Public Health Interventions in Uganda” by historian Jennifer Tappan.
Why was it my favorite? I’ve learned a lot and enjoyed reading all of the books in this summer’s series. But Tappan’s excellent and deeply researched book reads almost like a novel: At the end of each chapter, I needed to keep going to learn what happened next.
Tappan’s book is part of Ohio University Press’s “Perspectives on Global Health” series. In a post asking what Africans actually think about public health interventions from afar, we featured two books from the series last summer: Melissa Graboyes’s “The Experiment Must Continue” and Lydia Boyd’s “Preaching Prevention.” Like these earlier books in Ohio’s series, Tappan’s is an accessible book that studies an important public health intervention: childhood malnutrition.
Millions of children around the world continue to suffer from malnutrition. In her book, Tappan shares the grim statistic that in 2011, undernutrition accounted for over 3 million deaths in children under the age of 5 — accounting for …read more
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