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Global Health in Africa

Seminar, SWS: 2, VL-Nummer: 54008


Dienstag, 14. April 2015

Die Veranstaltung findet jeweils am Dienstag von 10.00 - 12.00 Uhr statt. Raum: NW II - S 76 -


Uli Beisel

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung

Over the last decade a new field has formed itself: global health aims to address health inequalities across the globe. As such the approach of global health works through comparing and ranking countries and regions through health indicators. For regions and countries performing badly systematic programmes are developed to address these issues, the Millennium Development Goals can be seen as paradigmatic. Global Health is characterised by unprecedented international financial investments directed towards addressing and eliminating major diseases on the African continent: in particular the three diseases HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis have received a big share of the attention and funding. In this seminar we will discuss recent ethnographies of global health initiatives in different countries and locales on the African continent, with a particular focus on the lived realities of illnesses and disease in contexts of weak health infrastructures and externally funded health programmes. Aim is to develop both an understanding of the logics and practices of global health, and a critical approach towards these, as well as to understand what these programmes might neglect.


N.B.: The course will be held in English language. It addresses B.A. students and offers non-native speakers the opportunity to practice academic debate and classroom communication in English. International students and English native speakers are most welcome to join.

Zielgruppe: BA KuGeA B2 II, B3 II, B4,


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Inhorn, M.C. and Wentzell, E.A. (2013). Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: histories, activisms and futures. Duke University Press

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