Rádio e Televisão de Portugal Feature Monica Saavedra’s research

Posted on 13 February 2017

Monica Saavedra interviewed for for RTP’s 'Hora dos Portugueses' programme

On a recent research visit to Goa, India, , Wellcome Trust-funded research fellow at the Department of History's Centre for Global Health Histories, was interviewed about her work for Rádio e Televisão de Portugal’s daily factual and general interest programme Hora dos Portugueses. This segment was broadcast on 6th February 2017 and is now available to watch online via https://www.rtp.pt/play/p3041/e272240/hora-dos-portugueses-diario. Monica’s segment features 4:52 into the show.

In the feature, Monica outlines her work on the history of healthcare in Goa from 1920 to 1987 which forms part of the Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Local Bases of Global Health’ research project that is based at the Centre for Global Health Histories. She defines her work and discusses the different sources used for the period of Portuguese sovereignty and after Goa’s integration into India in 1961. “These are mainly health bulletins and reports”, she says; “I also use newspapers in order to get information on non-medical perceptions of the health issues and the functioning of the healthcare system. Monica also mentions the importance of interviewing people who have worked for the health services in Goa; "the aim is to have an inside view of how planning and regulations actually worked on the field”.

We are aiming to have a transcript of the interview available via this website soon. You can find out more about Monica’s work via her University of York Staff Profile, and about the ‘Local Bases of Global Health’ project via the Research Webpage. Her co-authored chapter ‘From Segregation to Elimination in a Locality: Leprosy in Goa, c. 1925-2015’, in Leprosy: A Short History, can be accessed via York's online Digital Library.