The Action for Reset Dialogues - Episode X : Decolonizing Global Health


Are we finally ready to recognize and challenge the power imbalances in global health? Can we start to face the blind spots in our current perceptions of global health and shift the paradigm? Can the CoVID-19 crises open the road to a new configuration of global health?

On this UHC-day 2020, we present a unique conversation in which Clara Affun-Adegbulu (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp) meets up with Anthony Costello (UCL Institute of Global Health). In this episode of the Action for Reset Dialogues, they discuss the interconnectedness of deeply rooted institutional discriminations, the neo-liberal order, and the value systems of knowledge. In an attempt to move beyond the biases, they explore where ‘decolonizing global health’ could start: in fostering new mindsets, in acknowledging shared plights and destinies, in being brutally honest about which structures and deep-rooted routines hamper the agency and advancement of so many. And above all, in recognizing that global health is everywhere: and change needs to happen in LMICs and HICs alike.

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Clara Affun-Adegbulu holds a nursing bachelor (King's College London) and a Master of Public Health (MPH, University of Vienna). She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Antwerp, a  Health Systems & Equity researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, and a consultant to the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Clara is a also a co-editor of the International Health Policies Network Newsletter.

Anthony Costello is a physician (paediatrics and neonatology) and Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, at the UCL Institute for Global Health. Anthony  can look back on a long career in global health. Since his early work in the Baglung district in western Nepal (1984 to 1986), he has focused a lot of his attention on the challenges to mother and child health in poor, remote populations. His areas of scientific expertise include the evaluation of cost-effective interventions to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, women's groups, strategies to tackle malnutrition, international aid and the health effects of climate change. He is a former WHO director for