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Lived experiences and aftermaths of diseases, disasters and drugs in global health

Image of a spiral clock face.© CityGypsy11

When global outbreaks of disease are declared ‘over’, what, when and for whom is an end ‘the end’ - and what happens afterwards?

How do declarations of ends shape personal experiences of crises, ongoing access to care, health and obligations?

Global health is defined by narratives of a clearly discernible and singular end.

Official announcements of ‘the end’, however, are often arbitrary and unstable. Furthermore, they can distract from important counter-narratives and undermine social, environmental, political and epistemic justice when those ‘left behind’ are excluded from discussions of whether the end has been achieved, or is achievable, and if so when and how.

Today, uncertain trajectories, the ‘slow violence’ of environmental degradation, passive attrition of many diseases, and drug resistances question ideas of a singular extinction event and finality.

The central premise of this research programme is that our understanding of time (shaped by the idea of a clearly discernible beginning, middle and ending) frames our use of resources, our ethics and care in ways which exclude important counter-narratives of what happens afterwards, and what continues or endures. The project seeks to challenge this approach.

This project is funded by a Wellcome Discovery Award [225238/Z/22/Z].

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