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TitleEradicating Blindness [electronic resource] : Global Health Innovation from South Asia / by Logan D. A. Williams
ImprintSingapore : Springer Singapore : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XV, 369 p. 9 illus. online resource


This book describes community ophthalmology professionals in South Asia who demonstrate social entrepreneurship in global health to help the rural poor. Their innovations contested economic and scientific norms, and spread from India and Nepal outwards to other countries in Africa and Asia, as well as the United States, Australia, and Finland. This feminist postcolonial global ethnography illustrates how these innovations have resulted in dual socio-technical systems to solve the problem of avoidable blindness. Policymakers and activists might use this example of how to avoid Schumacher's critique of low labor, large scale and implement Gandhi's philosophy of good for all


Preface -- Acknowledgments -- List of Tables -- List of Figures -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Origins of an Autonomous Global Network to Eradicate Blindness -- 3. Balancing the Scales: Appropriate Technology and Social Entrepreneurship -- 4. Witnessing Rural Blindness: Standardizing Benchmarks from Eye Camps -- 5. A Lab of Our Own: Technology Diffusion from Incumbent Regime -- 6. The Hard Case Of White Cataracts: Appropriation of Surgical Science -- 7. Training The New Cadre: Translation of Interlocking Innovations -- 8. Evidence-Based Medicine: Contesting the Phaco-Regime -- 9. Conclusion: Innovation from Below -- 10. Appendix A: The Extended Case Method and Global Ethnography -- 11 Appendix B: The Robin Hood Model -- Organizational Charts for Four Community Ophthalmology Units -- Glossary of Common Ophthalmology Surgical Terms -- Index

Technology—Sociological aspects Social medicine Medical anthropology Science and Technology Studies. Medical Sociology. Medical Anthropology.


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