Addressing gender, equity and marginalization in global health: moving from reductionism to complexity

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The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health hosted Pascale Allotey for a conversation around Addressing gender, equity and marginalization in global health: moving from reductionism to complexity” on September 25, 2019.  

The KISS Principle (keep it simple stupid) has been applied across most areas of work in global health, including research and policymaking. We reduce complexity to operationalize research objectives and research design; we do the same to simplify policymaking and communication of public health messages. But there are countless examples that demonstrate the fallacy of ignoring complexity, and we ignore these lessons at our peril. Our attempts to address gender, equity and marginalization provide a powerful illustration of why we need to increase our focus on complexity. This means building on approaches that enable the analysis of alternative scenarios and futures that disrupt current paradigms. Drawing on 20+ years of experience, and case examples from Northern Ghana through Peninsular Malaysia to Australia, the presentation will outline ways forward that acknowledge and embrace complexity.

Pascale Allotey
Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), Malaysia

Professor Allotey has a multidisciplinary background in clinical health sciences, anthropology, and epidemiology. Her research has focused on health equity, health and human rights, gender and social determinants of health, forced migration and marginalisation, sexual and reproductive health, infectious diseases, and non-communicable diseases. Prior to joining UNU, Prof. Allotey served as Professor of Public Health and Deputy Head of School (Research and Development) at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University (Malaysia). She also was head of the Global Public Health unit and founding Associate Director of the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO, Malaysia). Her previous experience includes Professor of Race, Diversity and Professional Practice, Brunel University (United Kingdom); Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Key Centre for Women’s Health, WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health, University of Melbourne (Australia); and Lecturer in the Tropical Health Program, Australian Centre for International and Tropic Disease and Nutrition, University of Queensland (Australia).

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This talk is in partnership with the 2019-2020 USC Law & Global Health Collaboration, supported by the USC Collaboration Fund.

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