This course focuses on how gender is intertwined with health and wellbeing in sub-Saharan Africa. The course emphasizes the importance of situating health issues within broader social contexts, and throughout the course special attention is paid to women’s sexual health. The course begins by surveying current health indicators for sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting both similarities and stark differences across the region. The course then examines interconnections between gender and health in several historical moments, ranging from the pre-colonial period through the colonial encounter and independence. The last part of the course focuses on contemporary issues, especially women’s health in the age of globalization and HIV/AIDS. The course engages
with a wide range of materials, including classic and recent ethnographies, journalistic accounts, films, and recent public health interventions.