1st Edition

Managing the Global Health Response to Epidemics Social science perspectives

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Recent epidemics have prompted large-scale international interventions, aimed at mitigating the spread of disease in a globalized world. During a crisis, however, global health actions �€“ including planning and organizing, communicating about risk, and cost�€“benefit evaluations �€“ aren�€�t usually part of a single, integrated global response. Arguing that an uncoordinated approach can be challenged by local conditions and expectations, generating a wide range of resistance and difficulties, this volume provides important insights for future outbreak management and global health governance.

    Drawing on experiences with A(H1N1) and Ebola virus disease, the book is divided into three parts looking at how responses to global health crises have developed, lessons learned from particular pandemics and the ethical implications of our management of them. Individual chapters focus on, among other issues, financing, cost�€“benefit analysis, matrix management, risk communication and organizational strategies.

    Taking a social science perspective, this valuable book outlines the current state of global health emergency responses and explores ways in which they can be improved. It is a useful read for academics and practitioners interested in global health, the sociology of health and illness, health economics and emergency management.


    Mathilde Bourrier, Nathalie Brender and Claudine Burton-Jeangros

    PART 1: Setting the Stage

    1 The Challenges of Building Pandemic Response Systems Based on Unique Cases: 2003 SARS, 2009 A(H1N1) and 2014 Ebola Epidemic

    Ann Keller

    2 The Future Strikes Back: Global Public Health Crises and the Rise of Preparedness

    Loïs Bastide

    PART 2: Lessons Learned from the A(H1N1) Pandemic and 2014 Ebola Virus Disease: a Multidisciplinary Point of View

    3 Comparing the 2009 A(H1N1) Pandemic and 2014 Ebola Virus Disease: Of Viruses, Surprises in Outbreak Responses and Global Health Work

    Mathilde Bourrier

    4 Epidemics and Risk Communication: Why are Lessons not Learned?

    Claudine Burton- Jeangros

    5 Emergency Capabilities: Deploying the WHO�€�s Communication in West Africa During the 2014 Ebola Epidemic

    Loïs Bastide

    6 The Use of Matrix Structure in Epidemic Management

    Alexandrine Dupras

    7 Shaping A(H1N1) Pandemic Response: Money will Follow

    Nathalie Brender, David Maradan and Hélène Pasquini- Descomps

    8 Financing the Crisis: Public Expenditure on the A(H1N1) Influenza Pandemic in Switzerland, Japan and the United States

    Hélène Pasquini- Descomps, Nathalie Brender and David Maradan

    9 The Organizational Puzzle of the Global Health System: Insights from High Reliability Organizations Theory

    Mathilde Bourrier

    PART 3: Complementing Views: Double Standard in Ethics and Care

    10 Scarcity in the Midst of Abundance: The Case of the Medical Evacuation of the Cuban Patient in Geneva, Switzerland

    Aude Parfaite

    11 Reaching Out to Ebola Victims: Coercion, Persuasion or an Appeal for Self-sacrifice?

    Philippe Calain and Marc Poncin

    Conclusion: Global Health Revisited

    Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Mathilde Bourrier and Nathalie Brender


    Mathilde Bourrier is Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

    Nathalie Brender is Associate Professor in the Geneva School of Business Administration, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland.

    Claudine Burton-Jeangros is Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.