Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, ScM, released his book, “Blind Spot: How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health” this fall, with a foreword by Dr. Paul Farmer. Neoliberalism has been the defining paradigm in global health since the latter part of the twentieth century. What started as an untested and unproven theory that the creation of unfettered markets would give rise to political democracy led to policies that promoted the belief that private markets were the optimal agents for the distribution of social goods, including healthcare.
A vivid illustration of the infiltration of neoliberal ideology into the design and implementation of development programs, this case study, set in post-Soviet Tajikistan’s remote eastern province of Badakhshan, draws on extensive ethnographic and historical material to examine a “revolving drug fund” program—used by numerous nongovernmental organizations globally to address shortages of high-quality pharmaceuticals in poor communities. Provocative, rigorous, and accessible, Blind Spot offers a cautionary tale about the forces driving decision making in health and development policy today, illustrating how the privatization of health care can have catastrophic outcomes for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
David Jones, PhD, MD, received a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, for his project with Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia University), “Relocating Heart Disease in the Tropics: Race, Risk, and Modernization in Post-Independence India.” The grant began on October 1, 2014 and will run for three years. This supports one of Dr. Jones' current research projects on the history of heart disease and cardiac Rx in India.
Edward Hundert, MD, Dean for Medical Education, was appointed the Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Professor in Residence of Global Health and Social Medicine and Medical Education. Congratulations Dr. Hundert!
On Wednesday October 22, 2014 during breast cancer awareness month, the country of Rwanda held its first National Symposium on the Management of Breast Cancer. Integral to the success of this national symposium from Boston were Dr. Robert Riviello (Trauma, Acute care Surgeon from BWH, CSPH, HRH programs), Dr. Shilpa Murthy (surgery resident CSPH), Dr. Neo Tapela (PIH, BWH), and Dr. Lydia Pace (BWH). It was a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health, University of Rwanda department of surgery, Rwanda Biomedical center, PIH, BWH, and DFCI.
Over a 150 individuals participated including, district and referral hospital doctors, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, medical and public health students, residents from University of Rwanda and Ministry of Health officials.
Brooke Schoepf, PhD has been awarded the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group's 2014 Distinguished Service Award "in recognition of exceptionally meritorious contributions to the improvement of the health of people infected with or at risk of infection with HIV...[and whose work] promotes anthropology as a field concerned with improving the quality of human life."