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Global Health Histories Seminar 113: Immunization for Universal Health Coverage

Wednesday 24 October 2018, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Namrata Ganneri (University of York, UK & SNDT College of Arts & SCB College of Commerce and Science for Women, Mumbai, India) & Byron Crape (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)

Immunization is useful over the life-course. It protects individuals, communities, nations and regions from deadly infectious diseases in a globally-linked world. And yet the recent resurgence of measles across the world reminds us that immunization is not just about developing a safe and reliable technology. The strength of health systems matters as well, especially when they geared towards equity and looking after the health of all. This raises questions about the interconnections between immunization and their location within national health services; there is agreement that they can strengthen each other, but there is less unanimity about how this can be achieved. The smallpox eradication programme, widely regarded as the greatest triumph in twentieth century global public health and international cooperation, offers useful pointers. Dr. Namrata Ganneri will show that this is especially true when that historical analysis is evidence-based, critical and independent, and Dr. Byron Crape will demonstrate the ongoing efforts and problems relating to immunization in contemporary public health practices.

Location: Orange Hall, Block C2, Nazarbayev University, 53 Kabanbay Batyr Ave, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan

Email: CGHH@york.ac.uk