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June 10, 2021 to June 11, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology



                                                  10 and 11 June 2021 in Paris-Port-Au-Prince


                         In tribute to Dr. Renaud Piarroux* for his scientific contribution

                                        to the truth  on the introduction of cholera in Haiti.


The introduction of cholera in Haiti, considered a sensitive issue, is the subject of debate and controversy. In the first instance, the Nepalese troops of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)  is accused of being responsible. Although, this responsibility was challenged by Dr. Renaud Piarroux [1], a specialist in cholera, who conducted an in-depth investigation into this matter. His demonstration takes the opposite view, based on a contribution of 21 scientists of different nationalities. They presented a report of “suspicious data manipulation”, that correlates cholera and the environment.

Years later, the Organisation of United Nations (ONU) recognizes its "moral" responsibility for the introduction of cholera in Haiti, but denies any "legal" responsibility. On this subject, the Secretary General of the United Nations declares: “On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly: we apologize to the Haitian people. We haven't done enough with regard to the cholera epidemic and its spread in Haiti. We are deeply sorry for our role”, said the UN Secretary-General on December 1, 2016, Ban Ki-Moon (2007-2016) during a general assembly meeting. 


The role of the UN in Haiti open gap to question the performance of the UN agents in the search for peace in Haiti, given that it is a vulnerable society that lives in the grip of political instability and extreme poverty.
Among the most important missions of the UN in Haiti are: The UNMIH (United Nations Mission in Haiti), MANUH (United Nations Support Mission in Haiti), MITNUH (United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti), MIPONUH (United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti), and MINUSTAH, MINUJUSTH (Mission of United Nations for Support to Justice in Haiti), BINUH (United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti).

These missions were launched in Haiti with the goal to prevent violence in this county, but their failure put in danger the peace and security of the population. These UN interventions in Haiti raise many questions, regarding the role of international institutions, the mismanagement of funds and financial resources spend in these missions, as well as it raises questions about how to conceptualize and theorize the failings of UN agents in vulnerable countries, how to have better control these international interventions, implementing accountability, transparency and involvement of local communities. 

The universal right to health care is at the heart of the United Nations commitments, along with reducing poverty and inequality. The political dimension of health takes a global dimension not only as an “international subject”, but also as a “global topic”.  From the South to the North, the reflection takes different nuances. In the north, the most solid economies implement protectionist public policies of their citizens, forgetting their commitments and challenges raised by the sanitary crisis of the undeveloped countries, a perception quite narrow of the world and human condition. 
In the south, the discussion is oriented towards to the interventions in the area of health, which are determined by the perspectives and interest of governments and transnational pressure groups that pursue strategies of power and financial influence.

The relevance of science appeals to the integrity of some actors, who often get involve in health interventions driven by international institutions due their genuine social well being interest. The Science must destine its results scientific to serve the public interest. The production of new knowledge and the reassessment of the scientific activity require the involvement of the citizens groups, the State and the private sector.

In this context, The International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Global Health and Science make a call for contributions from all interdisciplinary backgrounds, and invite to researchers, journalists, academics, political activists, members of Non Governmental Organisations, health caregivers, scientists and free thinkers to reflect about the following topics: 

-The role of global institutions in Haiti, Latin America and the rest of the world.

-The evaluation of international interventions in vulnerable countries

-The role of science in solving the fundamental problems of the world and of the formerly colonized countries.

- The new challenges of health notably the Covid-19    

-The health diplomacy and public policies oriented to public health

-The reshaping of global geopolitics based on health challenges


 -Think about the trauma, resilience and suffering of victims of illness in the framework of mismanagement of national and international institutions.

How to Apply:

Contributors are invited to submit a summary (2 pages maximum) to the following email address:  or  before February 25, 2021.

Proposals should:
• Be written in French, Spanish or English
• Indicate your names and surname, qualifications, email addresses and home institutions of the author (s) (maximum 3 speakers/authors per communication)
• Mention the title of the communication, its objective and its summary, a short bibliography

• Reception of communication proposals: March 2021
• Proposal evaluation and feedback to the authors: March 2021
• Program release: April 2021


Date of the event: 10 and 11 June 2021 (online)

                               23-24 Septembre 2021 (In person)

Scientific committee

  • Anne Péné-Annette, Maitre de Conférence de géographie à l’Université des Antilles.
  • Dimitri Bechacq, Chargé de Recherche au CNRS
  • Arnousse Beaulière, Docteur ès Sciences économiques, Chercheur associé au GED-Lare-Efi, Université de Bordeaux.
  • Jean-Jacques Cadet, Professeur à l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti et à l’Université Quisqueya.
  • Marc-Felix Civil, Professeur à la Faculté de Médecine, UEH.  
  • Charles Anthony David, ancien Professeur à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Ministre des Affaires étrangères en Haïti.  
  • Justin Daniel, Professeur de science politique à l’Université des Antilles.
  • Daniel Derivois, professeur à l’ Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté. Laboratoire Psy-DREPI (Dynamiques Relationnelles et Processus Identitaires
  • Stephane Douailler, professeur émérite de philosophie à l’Université de Paris 8
  •  Jean-Paul Durand, Doyen Honoraire de l’Université Catholique de Lyon.
  •   Roger Koudé, professeur de droit à l’Université Catholique de Lyon.
  • Dr. Joanne Liu, professeur à l’Université de Montréal. Ancienne présidente de Médecins Sans Frontières.
  • Nubia Nieto, chercheur indépendant, Mexico-UK.

[1] *Dr. Renaud PIARROUX is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine  at the Sorbonne University. Researcher at the Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health Pierre Louis, attached to INSERM, and head of department at the hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière.


Contact Info: 


 Jacques Nesi, Ph.D.

 University of the West Indies in association with the Caribbean Social Sciences Laboratory (LC2S)

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