Ruston author releases French edition of comprehensive book on infectious diseases, public health

RUSTON, La. — Author Martin Ayong Ayim announces the nationwide release of “Maladies Transmissibles: Promotion de la Sante Scolaire et Communautaire,” which is the French translation of his edifying medical book, “Communicable Diseases for School and Community Health Promotion.”

Maladies Transmissibles” is arranged into seven sections: principles of infectious disease epidemiology; vital statistics: epidemiological rates and ratios; principles and practice of immunization; viruses and viral infectious diseases; bacteria and bacterial infectious diseases; infectious diseases caused by fungi, protozoa and metazoan and sexually transmissible infections. The chapter questions for review and discussion make the book very user-friendly and interactive for students.

Maladies Transmissibles” is intended for adaption and use in colleges at undergraduate or graduate level, schools of public health, schools of nursing, departments of health education and health promotion, schools of community health, health science centers, technical schools and schools of tropical medicine. Students will find the book very useful for quick and easy revision of terms and concepts and the description of communicable diseases. This book is also written for easy reading to the general public who want to educate themselves about the over 132 communicable diseases discussed. Author Ayim introduces readers to the basics of communicable diseases. Implications of this book are evident for global health promotion, education about communicable diseases and public health awareness.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Ayim was born in Ngwenjin village in the Azem Clan of Widikum in Cameroon. He studied at Federal Bilingual Grammar School Yaounde and Nursing School Bamenda, and was admitted into Indiana University Bloomington, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public health administration and a master’s degree in public health with emphasis in community health education. Thereafter, he was admitted into Texas A&M University for the doctoral program, where he graduated with a doctorate in health education.

Ayim is a grant writer and publisher of many scholarly articles in national and international journals of health education. He was employed at Grambling State University of Louisiana, where he was promoted to professor of health education. He successfully developed the BS Kinesiology Health Promotion, where he serves as senior academic advisor, and earned the following awards: Health Educator of the Year in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (LAHPERD) in 2004 and the LAHPERD Ethnic Minority Award in 2005.

Ayim is an active member of many professional organizations at local, national and international levels. He served as president of Delta SOPHE Chapter of the tristate: Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama from 2008 to 2010, vice president of the Association for Professional Health Educators of the State of Louisiana, vice president of Health, LAHPERD and member of Lions Club Ruston and Rotary Club Ruston. Ayim is based in Ruston, Louisiana.

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