journal
01 Feb 2016

The complexities of simple technologies

BACKGROUND: Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are assumed to be simple-to-use and mobile technologies that have the capacity to standardize parasitological diagnosis for malaria across a variety of clinical settings. In order to evaluate these tests, it is important to consider how such assumptions play out in practice, in everyday settings of clinics, health centres, […] Pat Ng
book
01 Feb 2016

When People Come First

When People Come First critically assesses the expanding field of global health. It brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to address the medical, social, political, and economic dimensions of the global health enterprise through vivid case studies and bold conceptual work. The book demonstrates the crucial role of ethnography as an empirical lantern […] Pat Ng
journal
01 Mar 2016

Introducing malaria rapid diagnostic tests at registered drug shops in Uganda

In Uganda, around two thirds of medicines are procured from the private sector, mostly from drug shops. The introduction of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) at drug shops therefore has the potential to make a significant contribution to targeting antimalarial drugs to those with malaria parasites. We undertook formative research in a district in Uganda […] Pat Ng
journal
02 Mar 2016

As a clinician, you are not managing lab results, you are managing the patient

In response to widespread overuse of antimalarial drugs, the World Health Organisation changed guidelines in 2010 to restrict the use of antimalarials to parasitologically confirmed malaria cases. Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have been presented as a means to realize the new guidelines, and National Malaria Control Programmes, including that of Cameroon, are developing plans […] Pat Ng
Essential Reading
02 Mar 2016

Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance Through Social Theory

Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance through Social Theory introduces a range of traditional and contemporary theory, primarily from anthropology, and crucially demonstrates how these theories can be usefully applied to addressing AMR. The authors frame their analyses around three domains: antimicrobials in practice; antimicrobial resistance and policy; and the science of antimicrobial resistance. In each domain, we […] Pat Ng
book
02 Jun 2016

Pathologies of Power

Pathologies of Power uses harrowing stories of life—and death—in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world’s poor is the most important human rights struggle of our […] Pat Ng
book
06 Jun 2016

Your Pocket Is What Cures You

In the wake of structural adjustment programs in the 1980s and health reforms in the 1990s, the majority of sub-Saharan African governments spend less than ten dollars per capita on health annually, and many Africans have limited access to basic medical care. Using a community-level approach, anthropologist Ellen E. Foley analyzes the implementation of global […] Pat Ng
journal
20 Aug 2016

Bringing the state into the clinic?

The roles that rapid, point-of-care tests will play in healthcare in low-income settings are likely to expand over the coming years. Yet, very little is known about how they are incorporated into practice, and what it means to use and rely upon them. This paper focuses on the rapid diagnostic test for malaria (mRDT), examining […] Pat Ng
book
10 Nov 2016

Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture

From the Preface, by Arthur Kleinman:Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture presents a theoretical framework for studying the relationship between medicine, psychiatry, and culture. That framework is principally illustrated by materials gathered in field research in Taiwan and, to a lesser extent, from materials gathered in similar research in Boston. The reader will […] Pat Ng
journal
01 Jan 2017

The politics of care in technoscience

In this special issue of Social Studies of Science, each contributor approaches the topic of care within technoscience with a lens that privileges the power relations that entangle humans and more-than-human others, carefully articulating “a feminist politics of care” (626). These articles each grapple with ‘darker’ sides of care: “The essays in this Special Issue […] Pat Ng
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