Allyship in Global Health

Global Health Seminar Series 2022-2023

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Global health is a field that was born out of colonialism. Even today, it is neither diverse nor truly global. Every aspect of global health is dominated by individuals and institutions in high-income countries. So, if global health has to be reimagined, people who typically hold power and privilege must master the art of allyship, where they see their primary role as allies or accomplices rather than leaders. In this talk, Professor Madhukar Pai will discuss how global health practitioners in high-income settings can practice allyship to enhance equity in a highly inequitable field.

Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, FCAHS is a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. He did his medical training at Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India, and his PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley. He is an editor-in-chief of PLOS Global Public Health, an open access journal aiming to address entrenched global inequities in public health. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.