Rethinking community participation in global health: lessons from covid-19 pandemic in Brazil

Date & Time

9.12.2022      10 AM CET


Trainee Centre


In the face of persistent neglect and denial of the severity of COVID-19 by the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, residents in many of Brazil’s favelas have been left to organise their own responses to the pandemic. Mutual aid practice eschews paternalisticand charity-oriented development models and works to deactivate structures of inequity whilebuilding new infrastructures for living. Solidarity practices in the favelas have much toteach global and public health experts. This talk will examine how solidarity practiceschallenge key assumptions in conventional global health and reveal the merits of socialmedicine in Latin America and global social medicine.



Francisco Ortega is ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and AdvancedStudies) Research Professor at theMedical Anthropology Research Centerof the Universitat Rovira i Virgili,Tarragona, Spain. He is also Visiting Professor at the Department of GlobalHealth and Social Medicine of King’s College, London. He is a member of theAdvisory Board of the Movement for Global Mental Health and the Steering Committee of the Global Social Medicine Network. His books include Corporeality, Medical Technologies and Contemporary Culture (Routledge, 2014), and with Fernando Vidal, Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (Fordham University Press, 2017) and Neurocultures: Glimpses Into an Expanding Universe (Peter Lang, 2011)..