Friday, April 12, 2019

15 April 2019: Smallpox Eradication: Inclusive histories as meaningful roadmaps for Global Health

Sanjoy Bhattacharya
Centre for Global Health Histories and WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories, University of York

Devendra Khandait, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (India)
Anjali Nayyar, Global Health Strategies (GHS)

How was smallpox eradicated worldwide? National experiences of the development of the smallpox vaccine and eradication campaigns varied widely in structure and impact. These were brought together with the help of local actors to create an international fight against the disease. That battle was won, step-by-step with the help of relevant strategic knowledge that was collected and used to create a range of different qualitative projects. Through this endeavour, what emerged was that the knowledge of the political, social, economic and cultural factors was as important as science and technology. These learnings could have resulted in an eradication programme that could have provided democratic models for future global health initiatives. Instead, narrow sets of institutional histories that honoured the voices and actions of a small number of people were created and advocated, which distorted the past and were used as working models for the future. This presentation discusses why it is important to question and challenge these trends.

Date: April 15, 2019
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Brookings India
No. 6, Second Floor,
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg,
New Delhi-110021

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