Why this matters
Decolonising Global Health offers an opportunity to improve the Global Health system by catalysing equitable shifts in power and new forms of global health practice that are better tailored to the needs and contexts of low- and middle-income countries and marginalised population groups.
Why we are working on decolonising Global Health
As a think tank with a mission to promote the values and principles of the UN Charter and amplify the perspectives of the Global South, the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) views decolonisation as a process that positively shifts power and encourages forms of global health practice that are better tailored to the needs and contexts of low- and middle-incomes countries and marginalised population groups everywhere.
What we mean by colonialism and coloniality
To address colonialism and coloniality as global health problems, we need a shared understanding of what we mean by colonialism and coloniality, and how it relates to global health.
Here we share an explanation of how we define colonialism, coloniality, and other related terms and concepts.
We have also created a platform for continuing conversations and facilitating decolonisation across three intersecting dimensions: colonialism within global health; the colonisation of global health; and colonialism through global health.