Global Health, Human Rights and the State in Africa

Global Health, Human Rights and the State in Africa

This stream focusses on the role of health-related human rights in state formation and transformation. Global health has emerged as an area of concern for international institutions and a strategic focus for the states of the global north in the last twenty-five years. This concern has been matched by an extensive, if uneven transfer of resources, institutional forms and health-related governance mechanisms to the states of the global south, particularly in Africa. Human rights have served as an important, though not uncontested frame for these interventions, in areas such as access to essential medicines, the conduct of medical research, access to food, and the control of infectious diseases. Whether through trade diplomacy in international fora, the litigation strategies of civil society organizations in domestic courts, the legislative proposals of health ministries or the expert interventions of academics, human rights have contributed to the shaping and reshaping of state institutions, policies and projects.

We invite participants from across the disciplines able to bring critical perspectives and contextual insights to bear on this process. Particularly how health-related human rights frame politics of healthcare, health-related governance mechanisms, health finance, and in furthering or perpetuating health inequalities.

Organiser: John Harrington (HarringtonJ3@cardiff.ac.uk)