Tenth Reflection Paper Tutorial Four
The health transition: the cultural inflation of morbidity during the decline of
mortality - S. RYAN JOHANSSON
Ryan Johansson introduces the concept named ‘health transition’, which is currently taking
place in majority of the world’s developing countries. The term states the fact that the
cultural, social and behavioural determinants of health in a society have a big effect on
rising life expectancy. This life expectancy can be expressed during the birth of a new
human being, by carrying out an in-depth analysis of the individual’s social environment.
The social environment analysis of the many aspects of life such as the cultural, social and
behaviour dominants in society would help better predict the life expectancy of the new
born baby. This scenario is given the term, the mortality transition, explaining how a better
social surrounding can make a difference to the life expectancy.
The other situation is described as the epidemiological transition where there is a
decreasing proportion of all deaths caused by infectious diseases since the cultural, social
and behavioural determinant