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Published inManaging the global health response to epidemics, social sciences perspectives, Editors Routledge/Taylor and Francis, p. 1-18
PublisherLondon and New York
Publication date2019

This book hopes to unveil some of the internal dynamics of global health, in light of two major recent crises: the A(H1N1) pandemic between 2009 and 2010 and the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Our hope is that readers of this volume will discover analytical frames and plural accounts doing justice to some of the various levels at which managing global epidemics is done today. The two very different crises are somehow from opposite ends of the epidemiological and preparedness spectrum, as we will demonstrate. This polarity allows us to examine the Global Health System in two contrasting modes of functioning: a well-prepared- for epidemic versus an unexpected outbreak – albeit, ruthless surprises, varied controversies and similar difficulties in contextualizing chosen public health interventions lie at the core of both responses.

  • Global Health
  • Epidemics
  • Ebola (2014-2016)
  • A(H1N1)
  • Social sciences
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - FN 100017_146546
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - FN 100017_146546
Citation (ISO format)
BOURRIER, Mathilde, BURTON-JEANGROS, Claudine, BRENDER, Nathalie. Introduction. In: Managing the global health response to epidemics, social sciences perspectives. London and New York : [s.n.], 2019. p. 1–18.
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