|Designing Innovation for Global Health (PubPol 642S
In this age of globalization, the expectations of life-saving technologies cross borders readily, but the introduction and adaptation of these technologies in resource-limited settings often lag behind. While we often think of technologies such as AIDS drugs, there are many appropriate technologies that are potentially transformative for improving local health–making water potable, cookstoves more efficient and less polluting, and diagnostics more available in local clinics. Behind each of these technologies, there are innovators, sometimes publicly funded researchers, other times private companies, often social entrepreneurs. In this course, students will critically examine the policy and philanthropic landscape behind these areas of appropriate technology. Beyond the engineering of these technologies, what is the social engineering of policies that minimize inequity? For example, is potable water best tackled with an innovation that serves the needs of an individual (e.g., Life Straw), a group (e.g., solar disinfectant system), or an entire community (e.g., chlorination of a local reservoir). Through the lens of these technologies, students will consider what factors help enable local innovation, from intellectual and financial capital to end-user input and systems for sharing and owning knowledge. What forms of philanthropy—from microcredit and giving circles to donor aid—work best to foster local innovation and to build local capacity? What are the ethical issues involved in introducing technologies, from double standards in quality to donor-recipient relationships? This course seeks to prepare those engaged in such work to consider the policy ramifications of designing innovation for global health.
|Health Policy in a Globalizing World (PubPol 860)
A track within the Duke Program on Global Policy & Governance