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Health Disease and Survival

A new book written by Adela Baer and published by COAC





The book has over 200 pages including photos and tables, published Feb 1999. Topics include: Health and health surveys by aboriginal subgroup. Demography. Genetics. Timelines on health research, The history of malaria in Malaysia. Malaria, genes and culture. Orang Asli nutrition. Maternal health. Survival in the past and today. The future health of Orang Asli. The Seboi tragedy.


Zuzanna Olszewska, in Cultural Survival Quarterly, Winter, 1999 issue : The book...shows how an understanding of Orang Asli health...is vital to their future welfare. [It] is an important step forward in...two important areas: the existing medical knowledge about the Orang Asli, and the way the government fails to apply that knowledge for the purposes of better health care for them.

R. K. Dentan, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Sept., 1999: ...indispensable for anyone interested in the genetics and health of Orang Asli...The raw numbers...contitute a dismal indictment of the health services the Malaysian government provides Orang Asli. Baer's rather dry scientific style, almost completely devoid of polemics, makes it all the more clear how bad things are.

George Appell, President of the Borneo Research Council: ...splendid book...an important work!

Earl of Cranbrook: ...I found [it] fascinating...

Vanessa Griffin, Coordinator, Gender and Development Programme, Asia Pacific Development Center, Kuala Lumpur: ...[The book] is very good, but the health situation is appalling. [About] women's health, and maternal and child health, there is a lot of information and all of it is dire...The book is very well documented and spare in its writing, which makes it all the more clear how bad things are....

All profits from the book go towards the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns - COAC.

To order the book please send a draft drawn in Malaysia payable to COAC SERVICES for RM 35.00 to: Centre for Orang Asli Concerns, PO Box 3052, 47590 Subang Jaya, Malaysia. OR send a cheque for $12 payable to A BAER, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon, 97331-2914 USA.

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