The activists trying to ‘decolonize’ global health
While the idea of decolonizing global health has gained prominence recently, it is not new. Discussions about the impact of the colonial legacy on health systems began with the end of the colonial system. A discussion among academics, activists, health practitioners, and others, that is taking on new urgency, as actors look to identify and correct imbalances in power. Much of the conversation has centered on decolonizing global health, which can mean reversing the immediate legacies of colonialism, including the lack of investments in health systems and robust research institutions in former colonies. But it can also mean dismantling “global health,” a term that often stands in for the system of international institutions and donors that govern the public health agenda and control levers of power.