Global Humanitarian Medicine 2019
David Ausserhofer
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The Research Group Global Humanitarian Medicine explores the retranslation of knowledge and policies from the Global South to the Global North in the field of Global Health. It conducts the project Medical Internationalisms and the Making of Global Public Health (Dr.GLOBAL), funded by a Freigeist (Free Spirit) Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation.

While Global Health is mostly envisioned and studied as a North-South intervention, Dr. GLOBAL seeks to understand how and why Global Health organizations, which started conducting work in countries in the South, decided in a second step to take on activities at home.  We employ a multi-sited research design that compares domestic activities of global health organizations promoting social medicine and humanitarianism inhealth access for marginalized populations between medical internationalism in three different countries that are leaders in Global Health and humanitarianism, namely Cuba, the United States and France.

Based on elite interviews, non-participant observation, archival research, and qualitative content analysis, we reconstruct the re-interpretation of humanitarianism and social medicine for the healthcare peripheries of industrialized countries in order to develop an empirically saturated conceptualization of the global medical south.


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