Fight the Power Dynamic

Global health research leans on funding, facilities and staffers from high-profile international institutions—and that dominance tends to sideline local researchers.

A BMJ Global Health analysis of papers in sub-Saharan Africa found that representation of local authors is actually higher than previously reported, but the involvement of international collaborators slashes their likelihood of receiving top billing on papers. Local authors were represented least when collaborators hailed from top-tier US institutions.

Institutions must fight this long-embedded dynamic, which is “influenced by centuries of history and decades of poor practice in global health research,” says lead researcher Bethany Hedt-Gauthier of Harvard Medical School.

Harvard Medical School

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