This post summarizes the research by Headrick (2014) on responses to sleeping sickness epidemics in colonial Africa.
This post focuses on how British and French colonial governments reacted to sleeping sickness epidemics and what motivated their approach.
We demonstrate the potential of using existing micro-level data to credibly assess the impact of improved water provision on the household’s welfare.
Using a novel measure of healthcare inequality, this research shows that the 1918 Influenza epidemic in South Africa exacerbated existing large racial inequalities in access to institutionalized medical treatment.
Using newly collected evidence for colonial Zambia and Cameroon, we show how strong and lasting the effects of historical investments in education and healthcare are in explaining contemporary outcomes.
This contribution presents an innovative research project, titled Lifting the burden of disease, based on the individual level cause-of-death data for the city of Amsterdam between 1854 and 1940. These data create a unique historical laboratory in which we can study epidemiological change and its determinants.