From ruination to resilience: hospital trajectories in Africa

In conjunction with the Centre for Global Health, Fanny Chabrol from the French Institut de Recherches pour le Développement (IRD), will join us for a seminar entitled "From ruination to resilience: hospital trajectories in Africa".

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The seminar is open to all, including bachelor and master students. No registration is required. After the seminar, drinks and snacks will be served in our lunchroom. 

In this presentation I wish to share insights from the ethnographic fieldwork in the Kibong'oto infectious disease (tuberculosis) hospital in Kilimanjaro region, northern Tanzania undertaken in 2017-2018 through the ERC GlobHealth project and in collaboration with C. Gradmann. I would like to discuss how this hospital (healthcare professionals, patients, buildings, materials, things, etc.) has adapted to the manifold changes in the disease (tuberculosis now resistant to first line treatments), its treatment strategy (standardised short course therapy and the return of hospitalisation), and socio-political-economic changes happening in the local environment and in global health. This project came just after a research conducted on viral hepatitis in public hospitals in Cameroon in which I draw on the concept of Imperial ruins (Ann Stoler) to make sense of an epidemic that condensed the violent traces of colonial medicine and infrastructural degradations that followed. I would like to think through these ideas of adaptation and resilience and how they can help us work towards an anthropology of hospital infrastructures today in Africa or beyond that can closely interconnect history and contemporary life, affects and economics, local environment and global transformations.

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Fanny Chabrol is a research fellow at the Institut de Recherches pour le Développement (IRD), based in Centre Population et Développement (CEPED) in Paris. She has worked on HIV/AIDS in Botswana, on viral hepatitis B and C in Cameroon and on tuberculosis in Tanzania, most of her work is rooted in hospital ethnography and asks questions around care, health policies, nation states and Africa as a site for global interventions.


Published July 13, 2018 1:17 PM - Last modified Oct. 24, 2018 12:47 PM