Global health educational trips: ethical, equitable, environmental?

Velin, Lotta and van Daalen, Kim and Guinto, Renzo R * and van Wees, Sibylle Herzig and Saha, Senjuti (2022) Global health educational trips: ethical, equitable, environmental? BMJ Global Health, 7. ISSN 2059-7908

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Global health education in medical schools and at premedical undergraduate levels in high-income countries is often limited to short courses aimed at introducing students to the topic. These courses frequently include or focus on trips to low and middle-income countries, so the students can ‘experience global health’. There are several problems with this type of learning experience. To begin with, this form of ‘global health tourism’ can be traced back to ‘tropical medicine’—a field plagued by paternalism and asymmetric power dynamics, where the so-called ‘Global North’ dominated the discourse at the expense of the ‘Global South’. Such ‘global health tourism’ supports the frequent misinterpretation of global health as ‘health abroad”.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > University Centres > Sunway Centre for Planetary Health
Depositing User: Ms Yong Yee Chan
Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 23:25
Last Modified: 17 May 2023 23:25

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