Where the present begins: Guinea Worm disease and the regionalisation of inequity in Ghana, 1900-2015.
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Biography: David Bannister's current research focuses on Ghana, and attempts to locate the past in the present: how experiences and memories of state health provision in earlier periods (as shaped by various policy goals and ideologies from the late colonial period to the present) give rise to particular generational expectations regarding the responsibilities of the state, the role of transnational and nongovernmental health organisations, the nature of Universal Health Coverage, and what ultimately constitutes a fair distribution of health resources. The project also examines the way that healthcare subsists or is elided in memory - which features of past health systems remain salient in memory over time, and why. The study is based on documentary sources of various kinds, and on interviews with current and retired health officials, healthworkers, and with groups who were on the receiving end of health services from the 1940s to the present.