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Amid global upheaval, what happens to health?
Ryan Whitacre (Graduate Institute (IHEID))
Julie Castro (EHESS)
Time zone:
Wednesday 22 July, 11:00-12:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

This panel will examine key shifts in the strategies of global health institutions after the financial crisis. Amid ongoing geopolitical turmoil, we aim to diagnose the consequences for health, community, and care.

Long abstract:

"Global health" is a novel system of institutions, technologies, and commodities, which moves across state lines to save human lives. The emergence of global health marks a separation from the previous era, wherein interventions into human life were the business of the nation-state. However global health is layered on top of an infrastructure for "international health" which was defined by bilateral agreements between states (Nguyen & Lock 2018). Thus, in ethnographies of this globalizing terrain of biomedicine anthropologists have identified how health disparities are linked to entrenched inequalities among nations (Farmer 1999), and contemporary approaches for addressing disease are shaped by geopolitics (Basu, Carney & Kenworthy 2017). Amid ongoing geopolitical turmoil in the aftermath of the financial crisis, this panel aims to examine the shifting strategies of global health institutions, and diagnose the consequences for health. Panelists will extend recent analysis of emergent problems in the field, including pandemic preparedness (Erikson 2018) and response (Nguyen 2019), and monitor the mobilization of new solutions, such as Universal Health Care and the increasing use of metrics (Adams 2015) in global health. To draw a thread from geopolitics to the lives of individuals and populations, presentations are encouraged to trace shifts in the strategies of 'global' organizations with national ties (e.g. U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), or multilateral organizations with regional roots (e.g. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis) and map the consequences for communities and care.

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