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Working paper research project ‘history of health systems in Africa’: swiss mission hospitals and rural health delivery in the 20th century (SNIS final report)


van Eeuwijk, Peter; Harris, Patrick; Obrist, Brigit; Mabika, Hines; Dreier, Marcel; Schmid, Pascal (2011). Working paper research project ‘history of health systems in Africa’: swiss mission hospitals and rural health delivery in the 20th century (SNIS final report). Basel: Department of History and Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel.

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The main aim of the project was to contribute to a better understanding of health services in developing countries through Swiss Missions by using historical research methods. The research is based on two case studies located in Ghana (Agogo Hospital: Basel Mission) and South Africa (Elim Hospital, Mission Romande). The research team was especially interested in examining the interaction between health care providers and their changing political, social and economic environments.
They studied the activities of former Swiss missionary hospitals and the changing conditions under which they delivered various forms of health care. The ultimate aim is to show how history can contribute to the development of sustainable health systems. Historical explanations for the success and failure of health systems can serve to inform today’s decision-makers. The study applied the methodologies of history and social anthropology, as well as (historical) epidemiology in order to examine the effects of political, economic, social and cultural changes on disease and health environments.

Abstract

The main aim of the project was to contribute to a better understanding of health services in developing countries through Swiss Missions by using historical research methods. The research is based on two case studies located in Ghana (Agogo Hospital: Basel Mission) and South Africa (Elim Hospital, Mission Romande). The research team was especially interested in examining the interaction between health care providers and their changing political, social and economic environments.
They studied the activities of former Swiss missionary hospitals and the changing conditions under which they delivered various forms of health care. The ultimate aim is to show how history can contribute to the development of sustainable health systems. Historical explanations for the success and failure of health systems can serve to inform today’s decision-makers. The study applied the methodologies of history and social anthropology, as well as (historical) epidemiology in order to examine the effects of political, economic, social and cultural changes on disease and health environments.

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Other titles:A history of health systems in Africa: Swiss mission hospitals and rural health delivery in the 20th century
Item Type:Published Research Report
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
610 Medicine & health
960 History of Africa
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:12 Jul 2018 13:18
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:26
Publisher:Department of History and Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel
Number of Pages:31
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://snis.ch/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/working_paper_a_history_of_health_system.pdf
Related URLs:https://snis.ch/project/a-history-of-health-systems-in-africa/ (Organisation)

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