Biosecurity Interventions

Biosecurity Interventions

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In recent years, new disease threatsa€”such as SARS, avian flu, mad cow disease, and drug-resistant strains of malaria and tuberculosisa€”have garnered media attention and galvanized political response. Proposals for new approaches to qsecuring healthq against these threats have come not only from public health and medicine but also from such fields as emergency management, national security, and global humanitarianism. This volume provides a map of this complex and rapidly transforming terrain. The editors focus on how experts, public officials, and health practitioners work to define what it means to qsecure healthq through concrete practices such as global humanitarian logistics, pandemic preparedness measures, vaccination campaigns, and attempts to regulate potentially dangerous new biotechnologies. As the contributions show, despite impressive activity in these areas, the field of qbiosecurity interventionsq remains unstable. Many basic questions are only beginning to be addressed: Who decides what counts as a biosecurity problem? Who is responsible for taking action, and how is the efficacy of a given intervention to be evaluated? It is crucial to address such questions today, when responses to new problems of health and security are still taking shape. In this context, this volume offers a form of critical and reflexive knowledge that examines how technical efforts to increase biosecurity relate to the political and ethical challenges of living with risk.MAcdecins sans frontiAures Responds to Neglected Diseasesa€ (honors thesis, Curriculum in International and Area Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005). ... and management in 1984; see International Committee of the Red Cross, Logistics Field Manual (Geneva: ICRC, 2004), 24. ... We want to try and find things that are less so, for example solar panels or a bike as an energy source.

Title:Biosecurity Interventions
Author:Andrew Lakoff, Stephen J Collier
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-06-19


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