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Situating COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Tanzania by Thomas Nyalile

In early February 2021, Tanzanian Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima announced that the Tanzanian government would not partake in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns—“we are not yet satisfied that those vaccines have been clinically proven safe.” Instead, Gwajima shared that the Government Chemist was testing and approving natural local remedies, where “these traditional remedies have been in use for ages in our societies and [where]...

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Special Issues: “Public Health Activism in changing times: relocating collective agency. Part 1” and “The COVID Horizon” by Emmanuelle Roth

We would like to highlight the release of two special issues this month. First, Critical Public Health’s second issue of the year is dedicated to “Public health activism in changing times: re-locating collective agency,” edited by Catherine Campbell and Flora Cornish. The papers “call for a radical expansion of the gaze of public health to take account of new, and also pre-existing but previously unrecognised, forms of health...

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Chronic living against all odds in Honduras by Nancy Worthington

Yesenia was born with congenital heart disease in 2000, a time in Honduras when heart defects meant certain, if not sudden, death for most children. Owing to surgical advances dating back to the 1950s, most children in more resourced countries could by then be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, significantly improving their chances of long-term survival. In Honduras, however, prior to 2008, there was only one formally trained...