What is colonial about Global Health?

As part of the LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World, Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey, assistant professor in International Social and Public Policy at the LSE Department of Social Policy, is chairing an event on "What is colonial about Global Health" on March 3rd, 2021.  


Organizer: London School of Economics & Political Science 



The panel addresses the legacy of colonialism within international health systems and ask: what is the relationship between histories of imperialism and health, development and human rights? How can international institutions be reformed to overturn the global North’s dominance in health programming? How might new funding arrangements that empower global South infrastructures affect the public health agenda?  

The pandemic offers an opportunity to critically appraise the current state of global health and its governance structures. In disrupting health systems across the globe, it held a magnifying glass to the way colonial legacies shape the geopolitics of health responses, including power relations between different countries and international organisations. Here we discuss global, regional and local systems of oppression, what decolonisation means in global health, and offer integrative approaches to global health research, policy and practice. 


Speakers & chair: 

Sumegha Asthana is a physician, health administrator and a health policy and systems researcher by training. Sumegha is a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow (SYLFF) supported by the Tokyo Foundation, Japan and a DAAD scholar under the “A New Passage to India” program at Bielefeld University, Germany. She is based in Delhi and works as an independent public health consultant.

Paul Farmer holds an MD and PhD from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book is Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History.

Robtel Neajai Pailey is Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy. She joined the LSE Department of Social Policy in September 2020 and contributes to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 


The event is free to attend. To save your spot, please get your ticket, using this link. 



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