‘Prevention is the best treatment’ : The Politics of HPV Vaccination in Tanzania

October 26, 2013  • Posted in Member Projects  •  0 Comments

Helen Olsen, Rutgers University

This project examines the logics through which girls enrolled in school come to be framed as ideal subjects for HPV vaccination ‘demonstration programs’ in rural Tanzania. By pairing poverty reduction narratives associated with development projects and notions of need associated with global health crises, my research examines the interconnections between particular (gendered) vulnerabilities to HPV, (classed) notions of deservingness, and (scalar) articulations of Tanzania’s cervical cancer free future. These three key components are examined through the pairing of policy analysis and observation of ‘place-based’ implementation strategies, which contributes to growing conversations about the pairing of feminist methods with relational poverty research.

Contact: heo6@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

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