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Aaron Shakow, Robert Yates & Salmaan Keshavjee

In: The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism

Chapter 39: Neoliberalism and Global Health

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Neoliberalism and Global Health
Neoliberalism and Global Health
Aaron Shakow Robert Yates Salmaan Keshavjee

The value of services is hard to measure … if they are supplied free by the public sector. (World Bank, 1981c: 17)

Dr. Hasselbacher never talked in terms of morality; it was outside the province of a doctor. (Graham Greene, 2007: 59)


When thinking about neoliberalism and health, Ebola is not the first disease that comes to mind. However, the recent Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone is emblematic of the effects of neoliberalism on long-term population health.

Ebola first entered Sierra Leone in the eastern district of Kailahun, on the Mano River near the triangular border with Guinea and Liberia. The earliest ...

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