Decolonizing Global Health Series: Ensuring Equitable Partnerships

Emory Global Health Institute's 2022 Decolonizing Global Health series will take a close examination of Emory University’s regionally-based global health partnerships. We hope the output of this introspective approach, though Emory-focused, will create tangible actions to decolonize and reconstruct our own practices at Emory while also offering insight and lessons learned applicable and replicable at other academic institutions working in global health.

Areas of Focus:

  • Ethiopia: January 2022
  • United States: February 2022
  • Brazil: March 2022
  • China and India: April 2022


  • Increase awareness of the role of colonization on academic global health partnerships in the U.S. and in low-and-middle income countries
  • Create a platform for partners to share challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for more equitable engagement in global health
  • Compile best practices for global health partnerships at Emory University

2020-2021 Webinar Recordings

2020-2021 Video Modules

2020-2021 Readings & Discussion Questions

Christianity’s Role in United States Global Health and Development Policy: To Transfer the Empire of the World (Routledge, 2019) - "The new century begins: 1900-1948" (Chapter 3) and "Not “either/or” but “both/and:” On Seeing International Health and Development as a Tragic Profession… and Why That Should Give Us Hope" (Chapter 8) by Dr. John Blevins

“Gender, Disability and the Postcolonial Nexus,” Wagadu, Journal of Transnational
Women's and Gender Studies. volume 4, Summer 2007 - (Chapter 10) by Dr. Pushpa Parekh

Costello Anthony, Zumla Alimuddin. Moving to research partnerships in developing countries 

Lavery JV and IJsselmuiden C. The Research Fairness Initiative: Filling a critical gap in global research ethics [version 1; peer review: 2 approved]Gates Open Res 2018, 2:58

Global health 2021: who tells the story? - The Lancet Global Health

Decolonizing Global Health Education: Rethinking Institutional Partnerships and Approaches, Eichbaum, Quentin G. MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMHC; Adams, Lisa V. MD; Evert, Jessica MD; Ho, Ming-Jung MD, PhD; Semali, Innocent A. MD, MSc, PhD; van Schalkwyk, Susan C. MPhil, PhD Academic Medicine: March 2021 - Volume 96 - Issue 3 - p 329-335