CFP: Global Health Equity, NGOs

Abstracts are invited for a session on “Global Health Equity and Advocacy Roles of International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s)”, to be considered for presentation at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) in Seattle from March 2th-April 2nd, 2011. Submission and meeting information can be found on the SfAA website:

This session is an initiative of the SfAA Human Rights and Social Justice Committee, and is designed to address these issues as an essential part of the 2011 Annual Meeting theme, “Expanding the Influence of Applied Social Science”. All papers that speak to issues of health equity and assess related roles of NGO’s, both positive and negative, will be considered. The session abstract is proposed as follows:

International health planning, promotion and advocacy for health equity and community empowerment are developed and implemented through local and global collaborations with non-governmental organizations (NGO’s). Civil society organizations and inter-agency collaborations increasingly assume central roles in addressing global health equity, although local realities and priorities vary (Whiteford and Manderson, 2000). In the United States, community health promotion through participatory approaches and public-private agency collaboration in needs assessments, health education and screening, and fund-raising is designed to enhance awareness and support for local programs. This session compares health promotion and advocacy roles of NGO’s in the United States and the international arena, using case studies from areas such as Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

Anyone who is interested in participating should email session organizer Sue Lurie at  by September 30th and send a 100 word abstract by October 15th, 2010. All session materials must be submitted to SfAA by October 15th, 2010.

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