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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Global health, onehealth and various solidarities for deadly disease epidemic response in Africa


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 30 Aug 11:00 - 12:45


Room 3.95

Declaring any country a disaster setting due to a deadly disease epidemic offers global health researchers and humanitarian workers unlimited access to the diseased setting. Whereas global health researchers’ interests are in diagnostics, clinical and vaccine trials- rarely treatment of the vulnerable people; humanitarian interventions are hindered considerably by preset humanitarian organizations’ mandates which guide how they will intervene. The presence of global health research and humanitarian organisations deadly disease settings has increasingly been criticized and blamed for the escalation of epidemics in the global south, particularly Africa. Some critics consider the presence of the two organisations part of the problem, disruptive and deflecting African Ministries of Health’s efforts to deal with priority health issues. Many countries at risk of infectious epidemics in Africa and elsewhere in the global south have experienced the politics of global health and onehealth approaches in epidemic control and have devised a type of ‘world solidarity’ we will call third world solidarity. This solidarity enables them prioritise treatment and saving vulnerable people’s lives. The third world solidarity during epidemics manifests itself in denial, refusal to declare an experience with an infectious disease epidemic. Tensions reflected in the two world health solidarities described above call for a critical anthropological engagement concerning how the different types of solidarities simultaneously lead to the escalation of the infectious diseases and affect epidemics control. We invite paper proposals by medical anthropologists and other researchers to share their experiences with these two global solidarities.


  • P 71.1
    • Dr. Beisel, Ulrike (Bayreuth University)
    • Dr. Akello, Grace (Gulu University, Faculty of Medicine)

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The Democratic Republic of Congo, a country straddling the equator, is experiencing its tenth outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease. As the country with the most known outbreaks of Ebola virus disease, Congolese experts are known for their skills in containing and controlling the disease. In 2014, several Congolese were sent to support the fight against Ebola in Guinea and Sierra Leone. In 2018, the ... More
Presented by José Maria MASANGA NDUNGI
Outbreaks of infectious diseases always pose questions regarding the making of health-related programmes: policies and implementations. Despite the efforts and ‘claims’ made by the responsible stakeholders such as the health officials and policy makers, outbreaks occur. The questions can be what goes wrong and where it goes wrong? Or what is missing? Whatever goes wrong, people suffer as in th ... More
Presented by Dr. Inayat ALI on 30/8/2019 at 12:00
Maryland County, located in southeastern Liberia, is characterized by extreme poverty, limited infrastructure, and geographic isolation. The county has a history of disease outbreaks and remains particularly vulnerable to Pertussis, Measles, and viral hemorrhagic diseases including Ebola. This project sought to evaluate the overall functionality of IDSR and EPR in Maryland County at all level ... More
Presented by Lassana JABATEH on 30/8/2019 at 12:20
Following the confirmation of an Ebola index case in August 2018 in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda’s Ministry of Health and development partners implemented a series of Ebola preparedness and response activities in line national strategy. Entry and exit posts were established at key border areas to monitor people crossing between Uganda and the DRC, ‘Ebola tents’ were ... More
Presented by Dr. Grace AKELLO on 30/8/2019 at 11:00
With the confirmation of DRC’s 11th Ebola outbreak in August 2018 in Beni, many development partners and humanitarians designed Ebola response activities with Uganda’s Ministry of Health prevent the disease’s spread to Uganda. These include numerous Ebola alert messages depicting DRC as a diseased country, as well as an Ebola risk map, showing high, median and low risk areas. Ebola high risk ... More
Presented by Prof. Uli BEISEL on 30/8/2019 at 11:20
Introduction: One Heath Institute at Makerere University, Uganda provides interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students with skills, knowledge and ability to detect, prevent and respond to infectious diseases threats. Context and Aim: 75% of emerging infectious diseases have been caused by zoonotic pathogens. In Africa, there have been Yellow fever epidemics in DRC, Uganda, A ... More
Presented by Derrick Bary ABILA on 30/8/2019 at 11:40
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