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L’utilité de ce genre d’institutions est incontestable. Car le monde moderne est sans cesse confronté à des innovations, médicales ou autres, qui s’appliquent à l’homme ou à son environnement proche. Ce lieu est donc nécessaire pour préparer la matière intellectuelle qui sera ensuite transférée aux citoyens afin que ceux- ci puissent se prononcer quant à la légitimité de ces innovations.


Professeur Axel Kahn, le célèbre généticien français, lors de l’inauguration de la Fondation Brocher


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28 - 30 novembre 2018

The Meaning(s) of Global Public Health: scholarly and policy implications


The new subfield of Global Health History is becoming popular among historians of medicine and the term is used by scholars, officers of health organizations and policy makers. Some scholars consider it a perspective that emphasizes transnational circulation of people and health programs. This perspective aims to examine discourses and practices that traversed, interacted and transcended the borders of nation-states. Other scholars consider Global Health History the study of medical developments during a period, i.e. the years after the end of the Cold War (c. 1991). However, is not clear Global Health History’s features, challenges and policy implications. In addition, other related concepts are problematic, such as Global South, used with little discussion and awareness of its limitations (for example in geographical terms). Another important element missing in the discussion of Global Health History are the proactive role played by developing countries and the persistence of local and national developments. Moreover, more discussion is needed on how experts reframe notions of ‘reception’, ‘recreation’, `center`, `periphery’ ´governance´and `asymmetries`; dear to historians of international health until a few years ago. The purpose of this workshop will be: first, to explore the characteristics, implications and potentialities of the new subfield giving preference to theoretical and regional studies done by historians. Second: to establish a dialogue between historians and officers of the World Health Organization, WHO, and other global health agencies based in Geneva. It is important to stress that over past ten years the WHO has organized seminars and other activities around Global Health History. Thus, the workshop will build on the connections between historians and practitioners developed with his history of global health history seminars. Third, explore how to create meaningful engagement between scholars and practitioners interested in global health history.