Eradicating Blindness

Global Health Innovation from South Asia

  • Logan D. A.¬†Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  3. Logan D. A. Williams
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  5. Logan D. A. Williams
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 353-369

About this book


This book describes community ophthalmology professionals in South Asia who demonstrate social entrepreneurship in global health to help the rural poor. Their innovations contested economic and scientific norms, and spread from India and Nepal outwards to other countries in Africa and Asia, as well as the United States, Australia, and Finland.
This feminist postcolonial global ethnography illustrates how these innovations have resulted in dual socio-technical systems to solve the problem of avoidable blindness. Policymakers and activists might use this example of how to avoid Schumacher's critique of low labor, large scale and implement Gandhi's philosophy of good for all.


appropriate technology community ophthalmology conflict sociology development ethnography extended case method global south innovation Kaplinsky multi-level perspective phacoemulsification social entrepreneurship socio-technical regime technology transfer World Health Organization postcolonial

Authors and affiliations

  • Logan D. A.¬†Williams
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  1. 1.Logan Williams Consultancy Services, LLCCumberlandUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-1624-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-1625-8
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