The origins of health inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1900-1960

Projekt: Forskning



This project studies the uneven establishment of healthcare and sanitation in colonial Africa during the period 1900-1960, when large-scale health infrastructures were established. Using unexplored sources for both former French and British colonies, this research provides a new empirical foundation for 24 former colonies, to understand how the organization of colonial rule (centralized vs decentralized) determined the foundations of access to sanitation and healthcare in the region. We hypothesize that healthcare provision under decentralized British colonial rule was better aligned with local circumstances but also led to more inequality in healthcare provision within and between countries, while French centralized rule led to more equal but less efficient healthcare provision across countries. By considering the impact of historical and context-specific factors, we shed new light on the effectiveness of government-led strategies to promote healthy lives for all, a top priority of the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 3).
Gällande start-/slutdatum2023/01/012025/12/31

FN:s Globala mål

År 2015 godkände FN:s medlemsstater 17 Globala mål för en hållbar utveckling, utrota fattigdomen, skydda planeten och garantera välstånd för alla. Projektet relaterar till följande Globala mål:

  • SDG 3 – God hälsa och välbefinnande

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Ekonomisk historia