Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health

Based in the School of Global Studies, the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH) focuses on analyses of the intersections between cultures of human reproduction, social identities, health and technologies.

Framed by a specific interest in the processes of power and addressing health inequities, it promotes research on the social, medical, public health, legal, and moral lenses through which reproductive health is perceived, produced, concretised and articulated (for instance, through new policies, engagement with new technologies, new forms of social relations in reproduction). With its unique focus on cultural-ethnographic perspectives, the centre facilitates knowledge transfer partnerships between anthropologists, social and human scientists, health researchers, medical professionals, practitioners, legal activists and policy makers working internationally on critical issues in global maternal, sexual reproductive health (SRH), emerging technologies and health and human rights. A specific aim is to foster international dialogue on ‘Southern’ analytic models and practices.

Resources and Links

Inherited Blood Disorders Project

The re-classification of sickle cell and thalassaemia (recessively inherited blood disorders (IBDs) within ‘prevention and management of birth defects’ by the WHO, in 2011, marks an important moment in the framing of these disorders as an emergent global health crisis.  A much higher incidence poses significant healthcare challenges in low and middle income countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa, India and Brazil. India is estimated to have the largest number of IBD carriers in the world (around 42-45 million); where approximately 22,500- 37,000 babies with these disorders are born each year– largely in rural and poor communities with little access to long term care. Despite cheap diagnostic tests and treatments, including new born screening and curative stem cell transplants, available across public and private sectors, only 5- 10 percent of these children receive optimal care in India.


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Contact CORTH

Director of CORTH: Professor Maya Unnithan

Administrative Co-ordinator of CORTH: Lenka Zahradkova
Email: corth@sussex.ac.uk

Twitter: @CORTHSussex

Address: Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health
School of Global Studies | University of Sussex | Arts C | Brighton BN1 9SJ | United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 876513


Banner images: credited to Unnithan Res-062-23-1609 except nutrition image: "Nutrition training in the Peruvian Andes" (Bronwen Gillespie, 2012)