In Healthcare Policy In Africa: Institutions and Politics from Colonialism to the Present
(Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), Jean-Germain Gros
argues that healthcare policy should be the black box rather than the black hole of African Studies. By this he means that policy should be decoded so its secrets can be laid bare, rather than treated as an impenetrable mystery. To this end, in the book, as well as in the interview, Gros uses a variety of methodological approaches to explain/explicate the relative roles of agency and institutions in the history of healthcare policy in Africa. The book's central thesis is that healthcare policy does not take place in a vacuum and it fills an important gap in the scholarship by examining the impact of factors including debt relief, conflict, humanitarianism, brain drain and globalization on policy affecting and affected by the health and wealth of Africans.
Mireille Djenno is the African Studies Librarian at Indiana University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.