Global Health Network

New book published

7 January 2015

Book 'Making Global Health Care Innovations Work: Standardization and Localization' edited by members of the GH-Net is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Global Health is increasingly becoming a political, professional, and academic field of its own. New players and cross-border collaborations have emerged to solve some of the world's most daunting public health problems, resulting in a multitude of global health care innovations across different institutional and cultural settings. With these innovations often comes the underlying assumption that we can find universal solutions if only we can overcome the challenges posed by different contexts.Making Global Health Care Innovations Work is the first book that studies this tension between universal and localized health care innovations and provides a diverse account on how global health care innovations are and can be connected to local practices. Using approaches from science and technology studies (STS), innovation studies, development studies, and public health, the book contributes to the discussion on standardization and localization of global health innovations. 

The book is edited by Nora Engel, Ine Van Hoyweghen and Anja Krumeich.

Nora Engel is Assistant Professor of Global Health at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her work focuses on innovation dynamics in global health challenges (such as tuberculosis) and on the sociology of diagnostics and innovations at the point-of-care in India and South Africa.

Ine Van Hoyweghen is Research Professor at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Her work focuses on the societal, regulatory, and ethical dimensions of biomedicine. She is a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).

Anja Krumeich is Associate Professor of Global Health at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and director of the Maastricht Global Health program. Her research applies insights from medical anthropology, participatory research, critical ethnography, and Science and Technology Studies on the interaction between local and global dimensions of health and health care practice and on issues of governance in global health in Africa, Latin America, and Europe.