After the end: Lived experiences and aftermaths of Diseases, Disasters and Drugs in global health

Year of award: 2022


  • Prof Patricia Kingori

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Prof Laura Salisbury

    University of Exeter, United Kingdom

  • Dr Haja Wurie

    University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

  • Prof Emily Chan

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Prof Dora Vargha

    University of Exeter, United Kingdom

  • Prof Sharifah Sekalala

    University of Warwick, United Kingdom

  • Prof Debora Diniz

    Anis Instituto de Bioética, Brazil

  • Dr Ruth Ogden

    Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Project summary

Global health is defined by narratives of a clearly discernible and singular end. Official announcements of ‘the end’, however, are often arbitrary and unstable. Furthermore, they can distract from important counter-narratives and undermine social, environmental, political and epistemic justice when those ‘left behind’ are excluded from discussions of whether the end has been achieved, or is achievable, and if so when and how. Today, uncertain trajectories, the ‘slow violence’ of environmental degradation, passive attrition of many diseases, and drug resistances question ideas of a singular extinction event and finality. Drawing on an interdisciplinary approach involving historians, sociologists, epidemiologists, psychologists, bioethicists, literary and legal scholars, philosophers and policymakers, this timely and important research has two synergistic empirical and normative aims:

1. to explore lived experiences of time and temporality of endings of crises, to capture counter-narratives and their implications for future practices, responses and policies, and

2. to provide an account of the moral and ethical obligations and responsibilities of global health institutions in the aftermaths of crises to health.

From detailed comparative research in three countries, including ethnographic, cognitive time-perception and archival methodologies, we will foreground the people, places, processes and policies to capture everyday experiences of endings and aftermaths in context.