An epidemic is not a natural unit but a phenomenon that is defined by statistically informed expert knowledge produced by the field of epidemiology. By definition, an epidemic is a social (as opposed to individual) phenomenon, and it is politically loaded. Epidemics are subject to societal interventions and epidemiology is a kind of 'disease politology'. This article discusses the tuberculosis epidemic in Orissa and especially Danida's tuberculosis control project in India, DANTB, which operated from 1997 till end 2005. The project is examined as a political phenomenon, whose life and premature death can be understood in the light of other political events affecting the relationship between Denmark and India - events that otherwise have nothing to do with tuberculosis in Orissa.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Bacteria, Bombs and Development Assistance.: the Political Life of the Tuberculosis Epidemic in Orissa.
|Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund
|Number of pages
|Published - 2008