The Making of Pharmaceutical Value: Drugs, Diseases and the Political Economies of Global Health

    An international workshop organized in Paris on 16-18th of June, 2016

    by Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Kristin Peterson and Kaushik Sunder Rajan

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    Lecture Series "Global Health: Anticipations, Infrastructures, Knowledges" 2015-2016

    Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (October 2015 - June 2016)

    The framing of health as a global issue over the last three decades has carved out an intellectual, economic and political space that differs from that of the post-war international public health field. This older system was characterised by disease eradication programs and by the dominance of nation states and the organisations of the United Nations. The actors, intervention targets and tools of contemporary global health contrast with previous international health efforts. The construction of markets for medical goods takes a central place in this new era, as does regulation by civil society actors. Global health can also be characterized by co-morbidities between chronic and infectious diseases, the stress on therapeutic intervention, risk management, health as an instrument of 'community' development and the deployment of new modes of surveillance and epidemiological prediction. This emerging field takes on a radically different appearance when examined at the level of its infrastructures (such as the WHO, the World Bank or the Gates Foundation) or at the level of the knowledges and anticipatory practices generated by its practices and local instantiations.

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