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Managing the global health response to epidemics

Social science perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Mathilde Bourrier, Nathalie Brender, Claudine Burton-Jeangros


294 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Part I – Setting the stage

Chapter 1. The Challenges of Building Pandemic Response Systems on Unique Cases: SARS, A(H1N1), and 2014 Ebola epidemic Ann Keller

Chapter 2. Four Epidemic Frames that Shape Outbreak Responses Sylvie Briand & Margaux Mathis

Chapter 3. Future Strikes Back: International Public Health Crises and the Rise of Preparedness Loïs Bastide

Part II – Lessons Learned from A(H1N1) Pandemic and 2014 Ebola Virus Disease: A Multidisciplinary Point of View

Chapter 4. Comparing 2009 H1N1 Pandemic and 2014 Ebola Virus Disease:

Of Viruses, Surprises in Outbreak Responses and Global Healthing Mathilde Bourrier

Chapter 5. Epidemics and Risk Communication: Why are Lessons Not Learned? Claudine Burton-Jeangros

Chapter 6. Emergency Capabilities: Deploying WHO’s Communication in West Africa during 2014 Ebola epidemic Loïs Bastide

Chapter 7. The WHO Ebola Response Team: An Inside View on the Matrix Structure Alexandrine Dupras

Chapter 8. Shaping A(H1N1) Pandemic Response: Money will follow Nathalie Brender, David Maradan, Helene Pasquini-Descomps

Chapter 9. Financing the crisis: Public expenditure on the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic in Switzerland, Japan and the United States Hélène Pasquini-Descomps, Nathalie Brender, David Maradan

Chapter 10. The Organizational Puzzle of the Global Health System:

Insights from High Reliability Organizations Theory Mathilde Bourrier

Part III – Complementing views: Double Standard in Ethics and Care

Chapter 11. Scarcity in the Midst of Abundance:

The Case of the Medical Evacuation of the Cuban Patient in Geneva, Switzerland Aude Parfaite

Chapter 12. Reaching out to Ebola Victims: Coercion, Persuasion or an Appeal for Self-sacrifice?

Philippe Calain & Marc Poncin

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Public Health

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Infectious Diseases
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues