Geography of Health and Migration( week-3)
Week-3 Agenda( Oct 1-7th Oct)
Read Ch-4 and will start reviewing about Migration( Ch-5) but wrap upcomplete Ch-5 next week.
Review PPT lectures
Email me if any questions.
Medical Geography and GIS
Health and Geography?
Links and Books on Health and Geography
Human Ecology of Diseases
Major Diseases: AIDS/HIV
Global Health care
Applications of GIS in Health
Role of GIS in Health industry
Books and Geo Spatial links in Medical Geography http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405170034.html
Medical Geography The application of geographic ideas, information, and theories to
the study of disease, health, and health care.
Also called Health Geography
How can health and geography be related??
Health and Geography Approaches:
• Human-Environment relationships Poor environments can negatively affect health
Pollution and other human-made problems
• Culture Religious or other cultural attitudes/practices can affect how diseases or other
ailments are dealt with
• Movement Diffusion of diseases
Human Ecology of Disease
• Human Ecology: • the interconnections
between human populations and the physical world
• Triangle of Human Ecology: • Population
Insults and Stimuli on Health Chemical Insults:
• Drugs, exposure to chemicals or gases
Physical Insults: • Trauma from accidents, radiation, shock
Psychosocial Insults: • Crowding, anxiety, love, sense of belonging
Infectious Stimuli: • Viruses, bacteria, protozoa
Understanding the concepts Endemic:
• A disease that’s always present in a population
Epidemic • A disease that occurs in larger #s than normal
Pandemic • A worldwide epidemic
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).This condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors.