Posted on 3 October 2018
Kaisa Harju, a PHD candidate in History of Sciences and Ideas at the University of Oulu, Finland, has joined the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) as a Visiting Scholar until December 2018. During her visit, Kaisa will be participate in the Centre’s activities and write her second dissertation article under the direction of Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Professor in the History of Medicine in the Department of History and Director of CGHH.
In her dissertation, Kaisa examines cross-cultural transfer of medical knowledge and practices within the context of bilateral development aid. Her study focuses on Somalia-Finland Tuberculosis Control Project. Conducted in 1980-90 as a bilateral development aid between these countries, the Project became the leading TB initiative in Somalia during 1980–1990. It remains one of the most extensive health care initiatives that Finns have undertaken in developing countries. Kaisa’s aim is to produce a nuanced assessment of the formation of the Project by analyzing how international and national policies, different backgrounds and agendas of participants as well as their interaction within the bilateral development aid structures influenced on its design, implementation and outcomes. Her research is fully funded by the Doctoral Program Human Science (EUDA-DP) of the University of Oulu. The results will be published in 2020 in the dissertation consisting of three peer reviewed articles and one article manuscript.
All at CGHH are looking forward to working with Kaisa and hearing more about her project.