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'We Will Soon Be Dead': Stigma and Cascades of Looping Effects in a Collaborative Ebola Vaccine Trial

'We Will Soon Be Dead': Stigma and Cascades of Looping Effects in a Collaborative Ebola Vaccine Trial

Author: 
Arsenii Alenichev
Publication Date
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Affiliation: 

The University of Amsterdam; Barcelona Institute for Global Health

"Can the careful implementation of global health research reduce the stigmatization of involved human subjects?"

This study analyses stigma in an Ebola vaccine clinical trial in West Africa that deployed complex community engagement strategies, including a sensitisation component. Drawing on and advancing Hacking's notion of "looping effects", the paper argues that stigma was a product of a wider socio-historical context beyond the control of community-based interventions.

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Critical Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2019.1682124. Image credit: Voice of America

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