Margarita Vilar-Rodriguez
Universidad de A Coruña

Funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the EU-ERDF

Visiting for two short periods:  18th – 22nd April 2017 and 8th to 21st May 2017

Working on the management and construction of the Spanish hospital system from the perspective of economic history: between public and private sectors


Jeronia Pons Pons
Universidad de Serville

Visiting 1st April – 30th June 2017

Working on comparing the inception of the Spanish and British hospital systems.


Daniel Zurcher
Universitat Basel

Funded by Swiss National Science Foundation

21st February 2017 – 31st December 2017.  His thesis is about HIV/AIDS and the Swiss gay movement.


Marcos Cueto
Professor in the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, in Rio de Janeiro

Funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation,  Germany

9th January – 3rd February 2017

I visited the Centre for History in Public Health of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from early January to early February 2017 thanks to a grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. While based at the LSHTM I conducted research on the History of AIDS, Global Health and Brazil during the period 1996-2005. The Peter Piot papers held at the LSHTM archive, concerning his time as head of UNAIDS, and the HIV/AIDS materials at the library of the School were crucial for my study. The interaction with professors, graduate students and archivists that generously provided comments and suggestions was very important and, in general, I found a very stimulating academic atmosphere. I also made good use of the materials kept at the Wellcome Library and had conversations with professors at UCL and the University of London, such as Michael Marmot. My research dealt with the complex and contradictory relationship of developing countries, especially Brazil, with multilateral and bilateral organizations. The Brazilian response to AIDS – based on free access to antiretrovirals and holistic prevention programs — inspired programs at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and other international agencies. However, many of these adaptations overemphasized treatment, paid little attention to decriminalization of homophobia, and some mixed health goals with religious priorities (such as the Abstinence and Fidelity programs of evangelical Christians that guided US bilateral aid during the early 21st century). My research explored what might have been lost in the translation of the Brazilian program to global agencies. I am preparing one or two articles in this topic for the end of the year. Thanks to the Centre, on 12th January 2017 I made a presentation of the preliminary findings of my research at LSHTM. I also made a presentation of my work at Exeter University and at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of London.