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The Gates Foundation, ebola, and global health imperialism.

Abstract

Powerful institutions of Western capital, notably the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, viewed the African Ebola outbreak of 2014–2015 as an opportunity to advance an ambitious global agenda. Building on recent public health literature proposing “global healthgovernance” (GHG) as the preferred model for international healthcare, Bill Gates publicly called for the creation of a worldwide, militarized, supranational authority capable of responding decisively to outbreaks of infectious disease—an authority governed by Western powers and targeting the underdeveloped world.

This article examines the media-generated panic surrounding Ebola alongside the response and underlying motives of foundations, governments, and other institutions. It describes the evolution and goals of GHG, in particular its opposition to traditional notions of Westphalian sovereignty. It proposes a different concept—“global health imperialism”—as a more useful framework for understanding the current conditions and likely future of international healthcare.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Levich J
Year of Publication
2015
Journal
American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume
74
Issue
4
Language
eng
Call Number
LEVICH2015
DOI
10.1111/ajes.12110
Alternate Journal
Am J Econ Sociol
Publication Language
eng

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