Ignorance and global health: Strategies and actors of the Covid-19 response in so-called developing countries

Marine Al Dahdah , Jean-Benoit Falisse, Grégoire Lurton

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Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic provides a novel opportunity to study the production of knowledge in the face of an 'unknown but knowable' global disease, particularly in the settings favored by 'global health' interventions: the so-called developing countries. This article focuses on the responses of fifteen African and Asian countries (with particular attention to India and the DRC). These responses fall into three broad categories, which in its own way produces ignorance: denial of the existence of the virus, replication of foreign or historical measures, and 'recycling' of local experiences. We also document the specific actors and tools that contribute to the production of ignorance about Covid-19, notably the construction and mobilisation of health data and the 'Covid-19 taskforces', the emergency groups that constitute the forum for disseminating knowledge and/or producing ignorance about the pandemic.
Translated title of the contributionIgnorance and global health: Strategies and actors of the Covid-19 response in so-called developing countries
Original languageFrench
JournalRevue d’anthropologie des connaissances
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • ignorance
  • undone science
  • cognitive diversity
  • epidemiology
  • public health
  • global health
  • COVID-19
  • Global South
  • India
  • DRC

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