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Fran Quigley's Walking Together, Walking Far is the story of the IU-Kenya/AMPATH program, one of the most comprehensive and successful programs ever developed to control HIV/AIDS. It is an absolute must-read for any students who hope to participate in the IU Kenya program during their medical training. The other resources in this section are all recommended reading for the "Medicine in Kenya" elective for fourth year medical students at the IUSM.
Preparing for an Elective in the Developing World
John Daly's Training in Developing Nations is a manual for ex-patriates that offers strategies for launching training initiatives in developing nations. The Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine is a great pocket resource for common medical problems in the developing world, including malaria, HIV/AIDS, STIs, diarrheal diseases, respiratory diseases, tuberculosis and many others. It covers pediatric medicine and public health topics as well.
Paul Farmer is one of the founders of Partners In Health (PIH). He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, and he is the chairman of the Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Mountains Beyond Mountains is a biography of Paul Farmer that discusses his work in Haiti, Peru, and Russia. This book is a good starting point for new trainees in global health. Pathologies of Power, Infections and Inequalities, AIDS and Accusation, and The Uses of Haiti are books written by Paul Farmer himself discussing how human rights, social inequalities, gender inequalities, and racism impact global public health.
Pathologies of Power
Infections and Inequalities
AIDS and Accusation
The Uses of Haiti
Mountains Beyond Mountains
Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship
The book Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty tells the story of Muhammad Yunus, the economist who founded the Grameen Bank. The Grameen Bank is a program that extends credit to the poorest of the poor around the world through micro-loans, allowing those in poverty to become self-sufficient and climb the economic ladder. The Power of Unreasonable People is based on the quote from George Bernard Shaw: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." It describes a number of socially-conscious entrepreneurs and their vision to revolutionize business to the benefits of the global masses. Amartya Sen, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, discusses the view that freedom is critical countering poverty and insecurity in the contemporary world in his book Development as Freedom. Jeffrey Sachs, a former economic advisor to the UN and the author of The End of Poverty, has a vision to eliminate extreme poverty by the year 2025. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day follows financial diaries of the poor in India, Bangladesh, and South Africa. It shows how unreliable income and irregular cash flows can keep the impoverished in poverty.
Creating a World Without Poverty, Muhammad Yunus
Building Social Business, Muhammad Yunus
The Politics of International Humanitarian Aid
The ongoing controversy about the effects of international humanitarian aid has spurred dozens of books on the subject. Some say that developed nations should shut down any and all humanitarian aid to the developing world to allow a return of autonomy and "African solutions to African problems." Others say that humanitarian aid desperately and urgently needs to be increased in order to counter overwhelming need in the developing world. What do you think?
The White Man’s Burden, Easterly, William
The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier
The Trouble With Africa, Calderisi, Robert
The Lords of Poverty, Hancock, Graham
The Road to Hell, Michael Maren
Reinventing Foreign Aid, William Easterly
Does Foreign Aid Really Work? Roger Riddell
The Challenge for Africa WAngari Maathai
When Helping Hurts Brian Fikkert
Latin America and Hispanic Healthcare
Don't be Afraid, Gringo (by Elvia Alvarado) is a good read for anyone considering the summer immersion, Alternative Spring Break, clerkship, or elective experiences in Honduras through the IU School of Medicine. This autobiography of a Honduran woman, Elvia Alvarado, gives a great description of the life of the rural poor in Honduras. Although much has changed in Honduras since the publication of this book (1989), it remains a good overview of Honduran politics and culture for short-term trip-goers. Where There is No Doctor (David Werner) is a GREAT resource for all short-term trainees in global health, and it is available in both English and Spanish.