23 Int'l Soc. Work 1 (1980)

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EDITORIAL


E XCEPT for one paper, this issue
      dwells heavily on programs  in Africa.
      Dr.  Obikeze's study of the most  ap-
propriate method  of child care in resettling
war-displaced children in Nigeria found that
foster care and legal adoption appeared most
appropriate in keeping with the criterion of
cultural compatibility. Legal adoption  was
appropriate  in keeping  with  another  cri-
terion, best overall development of the child.
The  overall study which includes an evalua-
tion of the relative effectiveness of fostering,
reunion with  parents and institutionalization
shows  that  institutionalization is the least
appropriate method  of child care.

   Dr. Sung's paper, the exception mention-
ed above, is a study of an integrated program
for school age mothers  and pregnant  teena-
gers  in Kalamazoo,   Michigan.   This  pro-
gram  is unique  because it combines  within
one   structure social services, health care
and  day care with  formal junior and senior
high  school  education. It  is this unusual
combination of services, which in the
author's  view,  suggests applicability else-
where.

   Dr. Haynes' paper  is a thoughtful presen-
 tation of desirable patterns of social work
 education in the Third  World, with  special
 reference to  Egypt.  Its  constructive ad-
 vocacy of a  developmental model   of social
 work  education   appears, in  this editor's


view, to  be compatible  with  the needs of
this country at the present time.

  Agere's paper  on Health  Care focuses on
Zambia.   The  author's thesis is that repli-
cation in Zambia,  of American  type middle
class based  patterns of resource allocation
and  distribution of health  care and  per-
sonnel  has contributed to  inadequate  care
in Zambia.  In  the author's view the elimi-
nation  of  dependency  in  health care  on
developed  nations would require radical and
economic  transformation of society in deve-
loping nations.

   Elizabeth Brooks' also focusing on Zambia,
provides  a rationale for generic social work
education  on the  undergraduate  level. She
examines  the evolution of the concept gene-
ric, argues its usefulness to the needs of a
developing  society like Zambia in preparing
social  work  personnel   equiped  for  such
functions  as administration, planning  and
supervision.  In   her  view  such  training
would   enable social workers  to participate
in  the national  development  effort of the
country.
   It may  be  worth  noting that this paper
 in a  sense joins the  paper  on  Egypt  by
 Haynes  by  espousing a similar ideology of
 social work education.
                         Werner  W.  Boehm
                           Editor-in-Chief

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