WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn48 )

Geopolitics of Health: Intersections, Implications, and Dynamics

Organizers

    Inayat Ali

    Pakistan

    Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

    Asma Omar

    Pakistan

    Fatima Jinnah Women University

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology

Keywords:

Geopolitics, health, disparities, negotiation, contestation, medical anthropology

Abstract:

Health, currently, is also affected by geopolitics, which needs “thick descriptions” to understand the relationship between different contexts. This panel explores the intricate interplay between geopolitics and health, shedding light on the multifaceted dimensions that (re)shape global health outcomes. From the distribution of resources to the influence of power dynamics, geopolitics profoundly impacts health policies, access to healthcare, and disease control efforts worldwide. Drawing from anthropological perspectives, this panel seeks to unravel the complexities inherent in the geopolitics of health. The great example is of vaccination dynamics, which shows tensions between/among local and global stakeholders. The papers are invited that study how geopolitical factors such as national interests, economic disparities, and cultural beliefs intersect to influence health choices and outcomes. The papers may explore the implications of geopolitical tensions, conflicts, and cooperation on vaccination efforts, highlighting both challenges and opportunities for promoting global health equity. By critically examining the geopolitics of health, this panel aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the complex interplay between power, politics, and public health. The panel intends to foster discussions on how anthropological perspectives can inform more effective and equitable approaches to addressing global health challenges in an increasingly interconnected world.