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Health, Disease, and the Nationalist State: <sup>1</sup>

Ka-che Yip

in Disease, Colonialism, and the State

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9789622095878
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622095878.003.0007
Health, Disease, and the Nationalist State: 1

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This chapter highlights the major steps taken by post-war Taiwan's anti-malaria efforts. It focuses on several themes that provide the analytical framework for understanding the Nationalist government's success: the legacy of the Japanese colonial state; the role, philosophy, and strategy of the Nationalist state in health planning and disease control in the mainland and in Taiwan; the dominance of the biomedical and technological approach in public health; the development and consequences of a global anti-malaria campaign; and the emergence of a postwar hegemonic political and economic order that helped to shape the politics of international health. It notes that to better understand the significance of malaria eradication in Taiwan, it is important to put the Nationalist government's anti-malaria programs in the broad historical perspective of developments in the colonial and postcolonial periods.

Keywords: anti-malaria efforts; legacy; Japanese colonial state; Taiwan; health planning; disease control; technological approach; international health

Chapter.  8747 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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