Case 2. Structures & change in human & ecosystem health: The case of Ebola in West Africa

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Feb 17, 2016
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Socio-Environmental Immersion Program

   
The case study exercise allows participants to apply the theories, methods, and lenses presented in the Socio-Environmental Immersion Program workshop lectures to a common case that they get to know over the course of the five workshops.

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The case

Farmer, P. 2014. “Diary.” London Review of Books 23 October. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n20/paul-farmer/diary

Ecology readings

Wood, J.L.N., Leach, M., Waldman, L., MacGregor, H., Fooks, A.R., Jones, K.E., et al. 2012. “A framework for the study for zoonotic disease emergence and its drivers: Spillover of bat pathogens as a case study.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367: 2881–2892.

Western, D. 2001. “Human-modified ecosystems and future evolution.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98(10): 5458–5465.

Economics readings

Sy, A. and Copley, A. 2014. “Understanding the economic effects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.” Brookings Blog 1 October. http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/africa-in-focus/posts/2014/10/01-ebola-outbreak-west-africa-sy-copley

Kretsch, C. and Keune, H. 2015. “Ecosystem services and human health.” In: Potschin, M and Jax, K. (eds), OpenNESS Reference Book. http://www.openness-project.eu/library/reference-book/sp-health

Sociology readings

Sered, S. 2014. “America’s shameful Ebola ignorance: The troubling truth about our attitude toward the virus.” Salon  20 July. http://www.salon.com/2014/07/20/americas_shameful_ebola_ignorance_the_troubling_truth_about_our_attitude_toward_the_virus/

Wilkinson, A. and Leach, M. 2014. “Briefing: Ebola – myths, realities, and structural violence.” African Affairs 114:1–13.

Anthropology readings

Abramowitz, A. 2014. "Ten things that anthropologists can do to fight the West African Ebola epidemic." Somatosphere, Ebola Fieldnotes. http://somatosphere.net/2014/09/ten-things-that-anthropologists-can-do-to-fight-the-west-african-ebola-epidemic.html.

Richards, P., Amara, J., Ferme, M.C., Kamara, P., Mokuwa, E., Sheriff, A.I., Suluku, R., and Voors, M. 2015. "Social pathways for Ebola virus diesease in rural Sierra Leone, and some implications for containment." PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9(4): e0003567. 

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