A 4-Continent, 8-Year International Research Project Funded by Wellcome Trust to Investigate the Aftermaths of Humanitarian Crises

An international research team with CCOUC as the Asian partner was funded in the very first round of the Wellcome Trust’s new Discovery Award scheme to conduct an 8-year, GBP6.5 million (HK$60 million) multidisciplinary international global health research project entitled, “After the end: lived experiences and aftermaths of diseases, disasters, and drugs in global health”. Its central premise is that our understanding of time, shaped by the idea of a clearly discernible beginning, middle and ending, frames our use of resources, our ethics and care in ways which exclude important counter-narratives of what happens afterwards, and what continues or endures in global medical humanitarian crises. The collaborative project team, which spans four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe and South America) and multiple disciplines, seeks to challenge this approach.

In this multidisciplinary international partnership led by Patricia Kingori, Professor of Global Health Ethics at the Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College of Oxford University, CCOUC will join hands with researchers from the University of Exeter (history of medicine, science and technology; modern literature and medical humanities), Liverpool John Moores University (psychology of time), and the University of Warwick (global health law) of the United Kingdom, Anis – Instituto de bioética in Brazil (anthropology and law), and the University of Sierra Leone (public health).