Published Papers - Abstract 110

Manderson L & Whiteford LM. Introduction: Local suffering, global remedies. , 1999; :

Global political, economic and demographic processes occur within and between nations, transcending geopolitical boundaries. Health experience, status, policies and programs also transcend national boundaries and are carried out in the nexus between global forces and socially constructed local identities. Too often, international health planners design programs based on the assumption that “all else is equal” and that each recipient nation shares the same “level playing field”. The assumption of uniformity of context may be necessary to the process of planning global health programs but may also create needless barriers to their effective execution. This introduction raises questions on the intersections and tensions between global processes and local identities as they effect health, and in so doing, positions the substantive chapters that follow.