Book launch: Anthropologies of Global Maternal and Reproductive Health: from policy spaces to sites of practice
An online book launch event at which the editors, authors and two leaders in the global health field will be present as discussants to celebrate and discuss the new open access book Anthropologies of Global Maternal and Reproductive Health: from policy spaces to sites of practice. It is a unique book that brings the methods of anthropology to bear on the global health policymaking process and its impacts on the lives of people. The event is being hosted by the Cultures of Reproduction, Technology and Health at Sussex University in the U.K.
This open-access edited book brings together new research on the mechanisms by which maternal and reproductive health policies are formed and implemented in diverse locales around the world, from global policy spaces to sites of practice. The authors – both internationally respected anthropologists and new voices – demonstrate the value of ethnography, and its value in generating rich insights into professionals’ and lay people’s intimate encounters with policy.
Authors look closely at core policy debates in the history of global maternal health across six different continents. This includes women’s use of misoprostol for abortion in Burkina Faso, the place of traditional birth attendants in global maternal health, donor-driven maternal health programs in Tanzania, and efforts to integrate qualitative evidence in WHO maternal and child health policymaking.
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