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Tuberculosis Control and Global Health

An inaugural lecture by

Professor Ian Harper

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the highest infectious disease burdens in the world today. This lecture looks at global attempts to control TB over the last twenty five years. Focusing particularly on Nepal, it charts the shifts in policy and approach, and how the striving to deal with the disease is translated in practice. The focus on TB provides the platform to critically assess the rise of “global health” over this period. The lecture will simultaneously ask what are the contributions that an anthropological understanding of TB and its control can offer to this global challenge? I will do so by highlighting my own personal and intellectual journey into anthropology, after an original training in medicine, followed by programmatic and research experience of tuberculosis management in Nepal and South Asia.




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Ian Harper is a trained medical practitioner who has worked in hospital medicine and general practice in the UK. For three and a half years he managed a tuberculosis control project in Nepal, and for two years worked with NGOs throughout India in supporting community health programmes. His experiences of practicing medicine and public health in such diverse cultural and political situations led him to study medical anthropology.

He served on the ASA committee as the ethics officer (2005-7) and is a co-founder of Anthropology Matters, the ASA's national web-based postgraduate network. He was secretary of the Britain Nepal Academic Council till 2014 and was an associate editor of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. He was chair of the organising committee of the 2014 ASA Decennial Conference run jointly with the Social Anthropology departments of the University of Aberdeen and University of St Andrews, under the STAR consortium.

From August 1998 to March 2000 he researched into the social relations around, and the effects of, a series of public health programmes in Palpa district, Nepal. Briefly researching into the privatisation of technical training in the health sector in Nepal, between 2007-9 he researched as part of a multidisciplinary team on a DfID / ESRC funded research project "tracing pharmaceuticals in South Asia". Between August and December 2008, at the invitation of the Director, he worked in the Nepal National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) assisting with the implementation of Global Fund funded programmes. More recently, he was a CI on a grant from Phase 2 of the ESRC/DfID Joint Programme of Research on international development issues, entitled "Biomedical and Health Experimentation in South Asia: Critical Perspectives on Collaboration, Governance and Competition"; a CI on the ESRC funded seminar series, "Evidence in interdisciplinary contexts"; and PI on a grant from Phase 3 of the ESRC / DfID Joint Programme for the project "New Norms and Forms of Development: Brokerage in Maternal and Child Health Service Development and Delivery in Nepal and Malawi".

From 2012 he is the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Grant for the project: Understanding TB Control: Technologies, Ethics and Programmes.


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The lecture will be held in Symposium Hall // King Khalid Lecture Theatre, located in Hill Square. Hill Square can be found behind the RBS office at 30 Nicolson Street; follow Hill Place for 100m until it opens onto Hill Square. The lecture venue is in the converted church building at the square.

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Doors open at 5.30pm for 6pm start; latecomers will be admitted at the discretion of the staff and speakers. The talk will be followed by a short reception, which everyone is welcome to attend. The event will end by 8pm.

Please note: this talk may be filmed and/or photographed.



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