NGOs, Scientific Associations and International Health Cooperation during the 20th Century

Posted on 13 April 2018

A conference update from CGHH PhD student Ben Walker

Last week Ben Walker presented a paper at the European Social Science History Conference 2018 in Belfast as part of a seminar on 'Non-Governmental Organisations, Scientific Associations and International Health Cooperation during the 20th Century'.

Ben's paper challenged the ways in which postcolonial international health is framed. He argued that there is a huge variety of actors and voices that make up 'international health' but that often histories have reduced inclusion to only elite policymakers and leaders. He showed how in the smallpox eradication and control campaigns in Ghana, medical missionaries and Christian Ghanaians figured as negotiators, intermediaries and advocates of the programmes.

You can find out more about Ben’s research via our student profile page.