Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.27 × 6.26 × 1.11 in
Published: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385667183
ISBN - 13: 9780385667180
Read from the Book
Our inspiration for writing this book stems from a simple but powerful fact: If your home is in London, New York or Toronto, you can expect to live well into your late seventies or early eighties. If you live in Morogoro, Tanzania, on the other hand, you will live only about half as long. In fact, roughly 90 percent1 of human beings live in poor regions of the world, and their lives are routinely cut short by infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis and hiv/aids, diseases that in rich countries are preventable or controllable. The overwhelming majority of the world’s citizens are also increasingly more susceptible to non-infectious diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, which in developing nations kill more readily because of poor diet, poor living conditions and limited access to health care.2 For many decades and perhaps even longer, most of us have accepted these inequities as inevitable, a function of the great divide between the lesser-developed world and prosperous nations. But does it really have to be this way? Is there any solid evidence to suggest that life expectancy in some places must necessarily be shorter than in others? And is a life in the developed world really more valuable than the life of someone living in a poorer region? Absolutely not. In fact, with the mapping of the human genome we are poised at the edge of a revolutionary wave of science, one that offers incredible opportunities to improve life sciences
From the Publisher
The health-sciences equivalent of Thomas Friedman''s bestseller The World is Flat, this inspiring and revelatory book by two of today''s finest scientists shows how advances in global health will transform lives -- particularly in the developing world -- over the next decade.
The Grandest Challenge begins with a simple premise: that every person''s life is of equal value, regardless of where in the world he or she lives. It also begins with a simple, alarming fact: in this age of spectacular scientific advances, it is still those who live in the developed world -- in the West -- who benefit most from our enormous power to combat disease, and those in the developing world who are most likely to die for lack of basic, inexpensive care and nutrition.
In this revelatory book, distinguished scientists Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer argue that the revolution in biotechnology can save millions of lives -- but only if we find a way to bring knowledge and treatments out of state-of-the-art labs and into the world''s most remote villages. The doctors lead us on an eye-opening, globe-spanning tour, showing us in vivid detail how developing countries can and are breaking the cycle of dependence, exchanging knowledge, and creating solutions that work for their own people as well as the rest of us.
About the Author
ABDALLAH DAAR was born in Tanzania. He is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. He is the recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science, and often advises governments and the UN, UNESCO, WHO and OECD on global health.
PETER SINGER is Director of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has advised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary-General''s Office, the Government of Canada, and Pepsico Inc. He is also a sought-after commentator and public speaker.
Praise for The Grandest Challenge
"The Grandest Challenge is not only enlightening, solution orientated and deeply personal but it also encourages the reader to challenge the existing norm and encourages us to ask ourselves pivotal questions."
—The Independent (UK)