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Africa, the Cutting Edge for Health Care: Lessons from The Continent for the U.S. during COVID-19

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While the United States is often celebrated as a global leader in health expertise, it currently leads the world in COVID-19 infections and deaths. African countries, often considered under-resourced and underprepared, have proven far more successful in responding to the global pandemic. The Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Nuclear Threat Initiative created …

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Doing and Seeing: Cultivating a “Fractured Habitus” through Reflexive Clinician Ethnography

Introduction

The tension between critical theoretical innovation and on-the-ground, practical application has animated intense debate in medical anthropology (Scheper-Hughes 1990). Epistemological and methodological conflicts cropping up at the intersection of medicine and anthropology, though central considerations for all medical anthropologists, represent an inescapable source of tension for MD/PhD clinician-ethnographers. While innovative manuscripts produced by such scholars (Wendland 2019) have illustrated …

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The Hospital Multiple: Introduction

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Since COVID-19 has come to haunt the globe, hospitals in all their guises have featured centrally in the pandemic response. As the flagships of health systems, hospitals have rapidly become the primary locus of medical care for COVID-19. They provide staff and beds for acute medical care; they can be rapidly deployed in the form of military field hospitals, mobile …

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‘A world that counts’: The rise of infographics in global maternal health campaigns

Infographics have become a ubiquitous feature of the contemporary global health landscape, crowding the presentations and exhibition halls of conferences, the pages of annual reports, and the websites of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). For the anthropologist studying global health policy and practice, they are a powerful sensory and aesthetic element of the ethnographic field.

Infographics are the product of data visualization …

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Covid-19 and global health, seen from France: the end of a “great divide”?

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Note — this text is an updated version of an article published in French by Analyse Opinion Critique (AOC) on April 3rd, 2020.

On March 13th, 2020, an aircraft lands at the airport in Rome and stops on the tarmac. Nine people get off the plane and immediately stop next to the jetbridge for a group …

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The Protective Dualism: Maternal Knowledge Practices of the Zika Crisis in Puerto Rico

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“So, we have had other mosquito-borne illnesses for a long time, like dengue and chikungunya, and now all of a sudden we should delay childbearing and tourists should not come here. Right…this is suspicious to us.”

Celeste, Puerto Rican birth activist and maternal and infant health care provider

To understand the skepticism regarding the …