5078.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Colonizing Societies through Medical Diplomacy: The Practice and Ideology of Colonialism in International Health and Development Projects

The humanitarian character of the provision of health services, with its purpose of alleviating human suffering, has at times prevented a critical assessment of its broader political implications, even when the international and development organizations carrying out public health projects in Third World countries produce or preserve colonial relations of domination. The purpose of this panel session is to present a series of case-studies that questions the practice of international health and development projects by relating them to the practice and ideology of colonialism. The session starts with a historical perspective that presents the fields of tropical medicine and international health as rooted in the imperialist expansion of Europe and the United States beginning in the 19th Century, and linking these origins to the post World War II projects of international development. The other case studies present specific instances of how international health and development projects continue to embody the "ideology of colonialism," by displacing or undermining local organizations and indigenous knowledge, presenting Europe and the United States as models to emulate, discouraging progressive social change, and justifying or facilitating the foreign domination of societies in Latin America, and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia
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Facilitator(s):Richard Garfield, DrPH, RN
Organizer(s):Luis A. AvilÚs, PhD, MPH
8:30 AMHealth and Healing in Cuba
Jayne E. Brechwald, MPH
8:50 AMHistorical Perspectives: Medical Diplomacy as Imperialist Imperative
Anne-Emanuelle Birn, ScD
9:10 AMThe Ideology of Colonialism in the U.S. A.I.D. Epidemiologic Report of El Salvador
Luis A. AvilÚs, PhD, MPH
9:30 AMPolitics of a Fancy New Hospital in Saipan
Karen S. Palmer, MS, MPH, Andrew M Fox, MD
9:50 AMQ & A
Sponsor:Socialist Caucus
Cosponsors:Alternative and Complementary Health Practices; International Health; Social Work; Spirit of 1848 Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA