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Title:'First and foremost the evangelist'? Mission and government priorities for the treatment of leprosy in Uganda, 1927-48
Author:Vongsathorn, KathleenISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Uganda
health care
colonial administration
health policy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17531055.2012.696906
Abstract:Early historiography on medicine in British colonial Africa suggests that colonial government and missionary medicine occupied two relatively distinct spheres, and that government officials viewed medical missionaries with suspicion and distrust. Contrary to this paradigm, this article suggests that missionaries and colonial government officials collaborated extensively and amicably in the treatment of leprosy in Uganda. Mission, medical, and government correspondence and reports are drawn upon in order to demonstrate that the suspicion and tension that characterized so many other interactions between British colonial government officials and missionaries was largely absent in the treatment of leprosy in Uganda. The mutual social and cultural priorities of missionaries and government administrators led to a system of isolated, in-patient leprosy care that was limited in scope and reflective not of a goal for the public health of Uganda, but rather a vision for the future of Uganda as a 'civilised' and Christian country. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]