Visions of Care in a Time of Medical Multiplicity


  • Emma Louise Backe George Washington University


Ramah McKay’s Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in Mozambique (2018) is concerned with the tensions embedded in Mozambique’s health system across governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, transnational clinicians, local volunteers, and patients with chronic illness. McKay’s ethnography traces the competing visions of care for patients in Mozambique within a health system marked by institutional multiplicity, complicated political legacies, and economic uncertainty. Medicine in the Meantime explores the in-between spaces elicited by the co-existence of public health frameworks and humanitarian medical models, helping critical medical anthropology elucidate the complicated support networks contemporary citizens and patients must navigate.

Author Biography

Emma Louise Backe, George Washington University

MA in Medical Anthropology from George Washington University. Gender, health and youth consultant focusing on vulnerable populations, gender-based violence, mental health, resiliency, and sexual and reproductive health in international development and global health. Managing Editor of The Geek Anthropologist.


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