The opening of a new referral hospital built by China in Niger
In this talk Fanny Chabrol will present an exploratory research she conducted in Niamey in 2018-2019.
Materializing long standing diplomatic relationships and health cooperation between the two countries, this hospital has been difficult to approach, study and conceptualize.
Chabrol will share thoughts about the absence-presence of China in this hospital and the ethnographic challenges encountered.
Hospitals built by China can be considered as particular locations of China health cooperation on the continent, they also manifest intense national expectations for medical modernity and broader social and political reform.
About Fanny Chabrol
Fanny Chabrol holds a PhD in Sociology and is a research fellow at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD).
Her research focuses on infectious diseases and access to healthcare in public hospitals in Africa, the politics of health reform, and Africa-China health cooperation, including through the building of new hospitals.
More broadly, she is interested in the political economy of health, global health and health infrastructures in Africa and beyond, in the present and the future.
Heidi Fjeld, Associate Professor - Department of Community Medicine and Global Health