What Counts in Global Health

This volume's contributors evaluate the accomplishments, limits, and consequences of using quantitative metrics in global health. Whether analyzing maternal mortality rates, the relationships between political goals and metrics data, or the links between health outcomes and a program's fiscal support, the contributors question the ability of metrics to solve global health problems. They capture a moment when global health scholars and practitioners must evaluate the potential effectiveness and pitfalls of different metrics—even as they remain elusive and problematic.
Contributors. Vincanne Adams, Susan Erikson, Molly Hales, Pierre Minn, Adeola Oni-Orisan, Carolyn Smith-Morris, Marlee Tichenor, Lily Walkover, Claire L. Wendland
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Metrics of the Global Sovereign: Numbers and Stories in Global Health
  • Part I. Getting Good Numbers
    • Chapter 2. Estimating Death: A Close Reading of Maternal Mortality Metrics in Malawi
    • Chapter 3. The Obligation to Count: The Politics of Monitoring Maternal Mortality in Nigeria
  • Part II. Metrics Politics
    • Chapter 4. The Power of Data: Global Malaria Governance and the Senegalese Data Retention Strike
    • Chapter 5. Native Sovereignty by the Numbers: The Metrics of Yup’ik Behavioral Health Programs
  • Part III. Metrics Economics
    • Chapter 6. Metrics and Market Logics of Global Health
    • Chapter 7. When Good Works Count
  • Part IV. Storied Metrics
    • Chapter 8. When Numbers and Stories Collide: Randomized Controlled Trials and the Search for Ethnographic Fidelity in the Veterans Administration
    • Chapter 9. The Tyranny of the Widget: An American Medical Aid Organization’s Struggles with Quantification
  • Epilogue: What Counts in Good Global Health?
  • References
  • Contributors
  • Index



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