SE25
Health activism in the context of selective healthcare

Convenors:
Robin Oakley (Dalhousie University)
Chair:
Pragathi Rajkumar
Discussant:
Victor Braitberg and Robin Dods
Location:
Alan Turing Building G110
Start time:
8 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

In this panel we assess approaches oriented on the World Bank/WHOs vision of 'selective healthcare'. We call for critical reflection on the ontology of of this approach and propose alternatives to current arrangements.

Long abstract:

All over the world, public health systems were established in the 1960s through the efforts of social movements and dedicated individuals who asserted both the need for and the content of Alma Ata's "health for all". It has taken about fifty years to dismantle these systems through structural adjustment policies and other initiatives deemed optimal for private interests toward selective healthcare. Likewise, as BRICS, NAFTA and other emergent geopolitical trade blocks compete for their piece of the re-colonising world, there are a wide range of social movements continuing to demand the economic and social determinants of health as well as for publicly funded healthcare. We are calling for contributors to critically reflect on, and assess, the ontology of selective healthcare in publications, media reports, through their fieldwork in locations targeted by global health projects or through other sources. We are also looking for papers that also propose alternatives to the current arrangements.