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Practices, knowledge, and the next pandemic: a lesson from a failed participatory public health intervention

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My time doing public health work in Guatemala in the 1990s and early 2000s has shaped how I think about emergencies. Working for an underresourced health system, my sensation was that we were always trying to implement new programs in the midst of a perpetual institutional crisis. On top of that, we would have to leave everything to deal with …

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By Desperate Measures Relieved?: Public Health, Prisons, and the Politics of Life

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As COVID-19 continues to claim lives and devastate economies, experts have been contemplating strategies for accelerating the development of a vaccine. A paper published in March in the Journal of Infectious Disease advocates the use of human challenge trials—which involve vaccinating a small number of volunteers and “challenging” them with a deliberate infection of the virus—in order to bypass the …

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Go Suppress Yourself | A Chronicle

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In December 2019, reports emerged of a pneumonia of unknown origin in the city of Wuhan, China. A week into 2020, a novel pathogen was identified–– “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2), a new coronavirus. The novel virus is highly similar in structure and sequence to the first SARS coronavirus (2003). After entering the body, typically through the mucus …

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A Politics of numbers? Digital registration in Kenya’s experiments with universal health coverage

Promotional materials from the global campaign to achieve Universal Health Coverage by the year 2030. Copyright UHC2030 – reproduced here under ‘fair use’ for academic purposes.

“Health for All?” critically explores global moves towards Universal Health Coverage and its language of rights to health, equity, social justice and the public good. Highlighting emerging ethnographic and historical research by both young

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The Bubble: A New Medical and Public Health Vocabulary For COVID-19 Times

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Bubble, bubble, Mum, Mum, give bubble!

The task of keeping a two-year-old busy at home during a national ‘Level 4’ lockdown to prevent the spread of global virus, involves a lot of play with bubbles. We have a bubble machine that runs soap water and our kid can run through it for 15 minutes, enough time for me to reply …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: How War, Not a Pandemic, Became America’s New Normal

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The US was not prepared for a pandemic, but it was prepared for war. When President Trump declared a national state of emergency on March 13, 2020, he transformed the coronavirus from a “hoax” into an “invisible enemy.” In his daily press conferences, President Trump has repeatedly and explicitly announced the United States’ war against the virus. Similarly, in the …