Call for Papers (Panel Proposal): Disease, Medicine and Public Health in Ghana’s History: Excavating the Past, Contextualising the Present (Ghana Studies Assoc. 2019).
Historically, Ghana has been burdened with several health problems. Colonial efforts at mitigating the burden of diseases and extending orthodox health services to the African population did little to alleviate the prevalence of diseases and other public health problems. Consequently, at independence, the country continued to battle with a myriad of health challenges including communicable diseases, nutritional problems, maternal and perinatal problems as well as the burden of poor sanitation and public hygiene. According to De-graft Aikins and Koram (2017), presently, Ghana is burdened with the double tragedy of infectious and chronic diseases which are the key causes of illness and death. Yet, poor sanitation practices accompanying population growth and urban developments, as well as inadequate health infrastructure, medical personnel, and financial constraints have further complicated the diseases ecology and public health problems. These health challenges have attracted varying scholarly attention by researchers from different scholarly disciplines including historians. An interest in the history of disease, medicine and public health in Ghana is, thus, yielding interesting research outcomes. Scholars have approached complex historical problems of public health, disease and medical systems from varying perspectives and theoretical lenses. This panel seeks to bring together papers that examine histories of diseases, medical systems, and related issues in public health, more broadly. Contributions that address contemporary health challenges from historical perspectives are also welcome.
Interested scholars may send an abstract of between 200-250 words to any of the co-conveners named below not later than January 8 2019. Please include your e-mail address and institutional affiliation.
Akwasi Kwarteng Amoako-Gyampah
Department of Historical Studies, University of Johannesburg, A-Ring 247, Auckland Park, Kingsway Campus, South Africa