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Rückblick «African Contributions to Global Health»

Tagung Abidjan

Bild: PIs und Mitarbeitende des Projekts, Angehörige des Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques und weitere Teilnehmende der Konferenz

Vom 13.-14. September 2023 fand in Abidjan die Abschlusstagung des Sinergia-Projektes statt.

An der Abschlusstagung des Projekts 'African Contributions to Global Health' in Abidjan, Elfenbeinküste nahmen aus dem Departement Geschichte Kai Herzog (Koordinator des Projekts), Danelle van Zyl-Hermann, Tolulope Esther Fadeyi und Julia Tischler teil.

Weitere Informationen zum Projekt 'African Contributions to Global Health' gibt es unter https://www.globalhealthafrica.ch/ oder im folgenden Programmbericht (auf Englisch).

African countries have always been the site of medical and health innovations – be it in terms of vernacular bodies of knowledge on health and healing, novel health policies and practices, clinical research and trials, innovative health insurance schemes, or epidemics control measures, among many others. However, scholarly and policy discourse on innovation and the broader theme of global health still tends to see lower-income countries as adapting new developments from the West, often with some delay.

The interdisciplinary Sinergia project ‘African Contributions to Global Health’,1 funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), has been challenging these unidirectional models and their underlying assumptions. Based at three different Swiss research institutions, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and the University of Basel, the members of our consortium have explored questions of health-related knowledge circulation – and noncirculation – from various fields of public health, urban planning, and history. We examine bodies of knowledge, practices and applications that were designed for improving healthcare in Africa but have become relevant to questions of health globally or have the potential to do so. At the same time, we highlight that ‘learning from the South’ must mean more than transplanting quick and cheap technological fixes to serve societies in the global North.

With this concluding conference, the project seeks to debate and refine its research results, and to stimulate and expand ongoing discussions on Africa’s role in the production of health-related knowledge, public health policy, and medical innovation. We invite contributions by researchers from various disciplines and career stages, as well as by health professionals and policy experts.

For further information, please consult: www.globalhealthafrica.ch