Annex II – Activities – March 2008-December 2009
THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL AIDS TREATMENT
Grand Challenges Initiative in Global Health and Infectious Disease
1. International Workshops and Conferences
- “The Future of Global AIDS Treatment,” April 5-6, 2008.
- “Treatment Access and Human Rights,” April 15-17, 2009.
- Forthcoming: “When People Come First: Anthropology and Social Innovation in Global Health,” March 11-14, 2010 (co-sponsored by the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies).
- Forthcoming: “The Judiciary and the Right to Health,” March 25-26, 2010 (organized by João Biehl and Evan Lieberman and co-sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing and by the Program in Law and Public Affairs).
2. Student Workshops and Seminars
- Three workshops on summer research planning and methodological training, March and May 2008.
- Review of summer research I, September 10 and 18, 2008.
- Guest speaker: Patrick Lee, M.D., Partners in Health, November 13, 2008.
- Guest speaker: Prof. Marcos Cueto, Program in Latin American Studies Visiting Scholar, December 4, 2008.
- Guest speaker: Michael Porter, MBA, Ph.D., Harvard Business School, April 2, 2009.
- Three workshops: summer research planning and methodological training, February and May 2008.
- Review of summer research II, September 17, 2009.
- Guest speaker: Photographer and Activist Damian Schumann, South Africa, November 13, 2009.
3. Student’s Academic Work
- Ari Samsky (2009): Topographies of Need: Humanitarianism, Science and the Market in Two International Drug Donation Programs
Graduate Students’ Papers
- Ari Samsky’s paper “Medical Humanitarianism Without Humans: How International Drug Donations Reshape Health, Disease, and Local Law” won the 2009 Rudolf Virchow Graduate Student Paper Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.
- Amy Moran-Thomas’ paper “White Rice, Black Africa: Dissonance in Interpreting the Impact of Imported Food and Non-Communicable Disease in Northern Ghana” won the 2008 Christine Wilson Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition of the American Anthropological Association.
- Karen Lillie’09: “La Vida Normal (The Normal Life): Self-Perceptions of HIV Infected Patients in Puebla, Mexico” (Anthropology)
Honorable Mention, Community-Based Learning Initiative Senior Thesis Prize
- Tolu Lanrewaju ’09: “The Invisible Population: HIV/AIDS Along the U.S.-Mexico Border” (Anthropology).
- David Laslett’09: “Verbal Autopsies: Methods to Enhance Performance and Accuracy” (Operations Research and Financial Engineering).
- Alex Gertner’10: “Making Models, Making Markets: Evidence, Interests and Uncertainty in Health Technology Assessment in Brazil” (Anthropology).
- Yolisa Nalule’10: “Research proposal to evaluate the introduction and application of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Kenya” (Molecular Biology).
4. Publications (with acknowledgements of Grand Challenges support)
Biehl J Publications
- Biehl J. “Beyond Technical and Theoretical Quick Fixes in Global Health.” In Global Political Ecology edited by Richard Peet and Michael Watts. London: Routledge, 2010 (in press).
- Biehl J. “‘Medication Is Me Now’: Human Values and Political Life in the Wake of Global AIDS Treatment.” In In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care edited by Ilana Feldman and Miriam Ticktin. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010 (in press).
- Biehl J, Petryna A, Gertner A, Amon JJ, Picon PD. “Judicialisation and the Right to Health in Brazil.” The Lancet, 2009, 373: 2182-84.
- Biehl J. “Accès du traitement du sida, marches des medicaments et citoyenneté dans le Brésil d’aujourd’hui.” (“AIDS Treatment Access, Drug Markets, and Citizenship in Brazil Today”). Sciences Sociales et Santé, 2009, 27(3): 13-46.
- Biehl J and Moran-Thomas A. “Symptom: Subjectivities, Social Ills, Technologies.” Annual Review of Anthropology, 2009, 38: 267-88.
- Biehl J. “The Brazilian Response to AIDS and the Pharmaceuticalization of Global Health.” In Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society edited by Robert A. Hahn and Marcia Inhorn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp.480-511.
- Biehl J. “Drugs for All: The Future of Global AIDS Treatment.” Medical Anthropology, 2008, 27(2)1-7.
- Biehl J. “Lifelong AIDS: Markets, Politics, Survival in Brazil.” LASA Forum, 2008, 39(2).
- Moran-Thomas A. (April 2009) “Disparity, Paradox, Ethnography: Observations on the Spread of Diabetes in the Developing World” (Society for the Anthropology of Nutrition, Section News). Anthropology News, April 2009, 40:4.
- Gertner A. “Science of Uncertainty: Making Cases for Drug Incorporation in Brazil.” Anthropological Quarterly, 2010 (in press).
- Gertner A. “Health Technology Assessment and Incorporation in Brazil: Critical Reflections on an Emerging Public Private Field.” Brazilian Journal of Health Economics, 2009, 1(2), 57-8.
- Blumenthal SJ, Mehta R, Safdi S. “National HIV Testing Day: An Epidemic in Our Nation’s Capital.” The Huffington Post June 27, 2008.
5. Abstracts of papers presented to the 2009 Health Technology Assessment International Conference
- “Claiming the Right to Medicines in Brazil through Public and Private Doctors and Lawyers: A Pilot Study”. Authors: Picon RV, Sueiro AP, Peres HB, Socal MP, Gertner A, Azeredo L, Pereira J, Petryna A, Biehl J, Picon PD.
- “Lawsuits for Access to High-cost Medicines Might Disorganize and Reduce Access to Priority Public Health Programs in Brazil”. Authors: Terra CAD, Picon RV, Amaral TT, Silva AFP, Gertner A, Socal MP, Martins LM, Picon PD, Biehl J.
- “Most frequently requested pharmaceuticals through judicial claims in Brazil, and most commonly reported diseases”. Authors: Silva AFP, Pereira CR, Sueiro AP, Peres HB, Picon RV, Socal MP, Gertner A, Biehl J, Picon PD.
- “Demanding Treatment Access through Regular Administrative Pathways and through Lawsuits in Brazil: A Pilot Study”. Authors: Socal MP, Gertner A, Petryna A, Picon RV, Pereira CR, Gonçalves J, Jardim P, Picon PD, Biehl J.
- “An analysis of claims of irreparable harm in lawsuits for access to medicines in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil”. Authors: Terra CAD, Amaral TT, Picon RVC, Socal MP, Gertner A, Dall’Acqua P, Picon PD, Biehl J.
6. Lectures and Paper presentations
- “When People Come First: Technical Fixes and Social Innovation in the World/Market of Global Health.” Advanced Seminar on Markets and Moralities organized by Edward Fischer and Peter Benson, School for Advanced Research, May 2009.
- “The Judicialization of the Right to Health.” International Seminar Labor, Value, Class and Experimentation, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, February 2009.
- “The Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival.” Keynote lecture of the international conference The Social Coordinates of Illness in Post-Colonial Africa, Duke University, October 2008.
- “‘Medication Is Me Now’: Human Relations and Political Life in the Wake of
Global AIDS Treatment Programs.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 2008.
- “The Pharmaceuticalization of Health.” Seminário sobre políticas de saúde e evidência científica: Acesso aos medicamentos de alto custo.” Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil, August 2008.
- “The Pharmaceutizalization of Public Health.” Seminário: Medicamentos via justiça: Reflexões técnicas, éticas e políticas. Secretaria da Saúde e Procuradoria Geral do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, August 2008.
- “‘Medication Is Me Now’: Human Values in the Bio-economic Government of AIDS.” Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, May 2008.
- “The Future of Global AIDS Treatment.” International Conference Global Values for Global Health, University of California, Berkeley, May 2008.
- “Pioneering Drug Companies, Neglected Tropical Disease and the New Terrain of Humanitarianism” (with Ari Samsky.) Social Studies of Science and Society (4S) Meetings: Washington, DC. Conference paper presentation for panel “The Aid Complex: Politics and Pathologies of Funding in Global Health,” October 2009.
- “The Paradox of Non-Communicable Epidemic: Novel Consumption and the Emergence of Diabetes in Northern Ghana.” Society for Medical Anthropology Meeting: Yale University. Conference paper presentation for panel “Consumption and Health,” September 2009.
- “Technological Kinship.” American Comparative Literature Association Meetings: Harvard University. Conference paper presentation for panel “Intertechnical Bodies: Textual Readings of Technology and Culture.” March 2009.
- “Life Rendered Measurable: The Role Human Stories Play in Bureaucratic Evidence.” Northeast Modern Language Association Meetings: Boston University. Conference paper presentation for panel “Bureaucracy as Literature.” February 2009.
- “The Contradictions of Moral Consumerism: Health and Philanthropy in the Marketplace,” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 2008.
- “Cultural Dimensions and New Directions in Tropical Disease Health Policy,” Society for Medical Anthropology Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee, March 2008
- “Communication Challenges in Mass Drug Administration in Rural Tanzania: Thinking with Reciprocity,” Unite for Sight Conference, New Haven, Connecticut, April 2009.
- “Topographies of Need and Humanitarianism Without Humans,” Society for Humanistic Anthropology, Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 2009.
- “Valueless Labor: Community-Directed Treatment with Ivermectin and the Fiction of Reciprocity,” International Workshop on Labor, Value and Commodity in Global Health, London School of Tropical Health and Medicine, February 2009.
- “Parasites, Pharmaceuticals and a Man who loves Worms: Metaphors of Animal and Human in an International Drug Donation,” Conference: ANIMALITIES: Critical Approaches to the Question of the Animal in Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, October 2008.
7. Grant, Honors and Fellowships
- Ford Foundation Research Grant: Demanding the Right to Health in Courts: AIDS Treatment Access, Drug Markets, and Citizenship in Brazil Today (January 2009 to December 2010).
- The Adel Mahmoud Global Health Scholars Program Award: Karen Lillie (Anthropology ’09); Alex Gertner (Anthropology ’10); Raaj Mehta (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Woodrow Wilson School ’10); Alyse Wheelock (Anthropology ’11); Joshua Franklin (Anthropology’ 11).
- Karen Lillie’09, Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship.
- Amy Moran-Thomas, Graduate Research Fellowship, Wenner-Gren Foundation.
- Ari Samsky, Postdoctoral Research Scholar Fellowship, Global Health Studies Program, University of Iowa.
- João Biehl has received the 2008 Diana Forsythe Prize of the American Anthropological Association for his book Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton University Press 2007), a work which critically informed the methodology and focus of the research group. The Prize celebrates outstanding anthropological research on science and technology, including biomedicine, and it is awarded by the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing and the Society for the Anthropology of Work.
- João Biehl delivered the President’s Distinguished Lecture: “Social Innovation in Global Health: When People Come First.” Princeton University, March 2009.