In its first edition, the TOAfrica Summer School addresses the topics of health and healthcare, in connection with internal and transnational mobility and with socio-cultural transformations that have been changing the healthcare scene in the African continent during recent decades. Moreover, the Summer School will focus on the broader impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic has had on African societies, while local governments wave between traditional remedies and those recommended by the scientific community.
Historically, health services in Africa have been provided by a number of different actors, including colonial administrations, missionaries, private companies and – after independence – local governments. Yet, starting from the Eighties, many African countries have witnessed the decay of public health systems, and the proliferation of non-governmental and humanitarian organizations. These processes are shaped by local particularities, but take place within a context of extensive transnational interrelationships. How are these groups and institutions placed in a world of global exchange and local interaction? The Summer School offers an in-depth analysis of these dynamics, exploring them within the frame of growing global and national inequalities in accessing healthcare.
Against this background, the Summer School brings together scholars from different disciplines and practitioners, and offers lectures, roundtables and workshops that provide participants with a critical knowledge on the topics of health in Africa and in the African diaspora, while at the same time giving practical insights and a hands-on approach to learning.
Due to the global health emergency, the summer school will be entirely delivered online.