Special Issue - 'Health for all? Critical perspectives on Universal Health Coverage', published by Somatosphere (2020)

'Health for All? Critical perspectives on Universal Health Coverage' is a special issue of the online health humanities publication Somatosphere. The issue was edited by project leader Ruth J. Prince, and contributed to by all members of the project team, with additional contributors.

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'Health for all? Critical perspectives on Universal Health Coverage'. Somatosphere, 2020

A series edited by Ruth Prince.

“Health for All?” critically explores global moves towards Universal Health Coverage and its language of rights to health, equity, social justice and the public good. Highlighting emerging ethnographic and historical research by both young and established scholars, the series explores the translations and frictions surrounding aspirations for “health for all” as they move across the globe.



Introduction by Ruth Prince. Prince, Ruth J. 2020 'Utopian aspirations in a dystopian world: “Health for all” and the Universal Health Coverage agenda – an Introduction'. Somatosphere (April 20th, 2020):

Tom Neumark’s piece on digital technology and health in Tanzania. Neumark, Tom. 2020. The hype and hope of data for healthcare in Africa. Somatosphere (April 20th, 2020):  

Jamie Wintrup’s essay on the state and scaling up primary health care in ZambiaWintrup, James. 2020. "Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Zambia: state accountability and universality in a new community health worker programme" . Somatosphere (April 22nd, 2020): 

David Bannister’s reflection on the 'ruination' and transformation of Ghana's healthcare infrastructures, and the risks of writing about contemporary landscapes as 'ruins'. Bannister, David. 2020. 'Futures and the past in Ghana’s Universal Health Coverage infrastructure'. Somatosphere (April 27th, 2020):  

Ruth Prince, on Kenya’s digital registration of citizens for its Universal Health Coverage programme. Prince, Ruth J. 2020. A Politics of numbers? Digital registration in Kenya’s experiments with universal health coverage. Somatosphere (May 4th, 2020):  

Marine Al Dahdah, on digital technology and India´s private-public welfare state. Al Dahdah, Marine (2020) The Public-Private Welfare State: Constructing a data-driven health coverage in India. Somatosphere, May 5th, 2020.

Victoria Jacinta Muinde, on health insurance for the poor in Kenya. Muinde, Victoria Jacinta. 2020. Health Insurance for the poor: insights from the Kenyan coast. Somatosphere (May 11th, 2020):  

Anna Wood, on Senegal´s mutuelles and its aspirations for UHC. Wood, Anna. 2020. A ‘grant projet’: Universal Health Coverage and social protection in Sengal. Somatosphere (May 12th, 2020)

Marlee Tichenor, on the World Bank’s approach to UHC. Tichenor, Marlee (2020). Defining wellbeing: Tensions in the World Bank’s approach to Universal Health Coverage. Somatosphere, May 25th, 2020 

Martin Gorsky and Chris Sirrs, on the history of aspirations for universal health care/coverage. Gorsky, Marin and Sirrs, Christopher. 2020. Human Rights/Human Capital: A hundred years of ‘universal’ health coverage as a global goal. Somatosphere, May 27th 2020:

Vilde Fastvold Thorbjørnsen, on precarious access to healthcare among vulnerable migrants in Norway. Fastvold Thorbjørnsen, Vilde (2020). Health for all? Access to healthcare among precarious populations in Norway. Somatosphere, June 8th, 2020.

Sandra Bärnreuther, on Indian entrepreneurship and digital health. Bärnreuther, Sandra (2020). Entrepreneurship and E-Health: How promises of innovation are transforming India’s primary care sector. Somatosphere, June 15th, 2020:

Robert D. Smith, on the use of metrics in India’s moves towards UHC: Smith, Robert D. (2020) Health Technology Assessments: the metric evangelization of UHC in India. Somatosphere, June 29th, 2020



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