What Does it Take to Truly Walk Our Talk on Decolonizing Global Health?: A Look at Key Obstacles and Plausible Solutions

On May 16, 2023, UW Department of Global Health welcomed Dr Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre to partake in the Stephen Stewart Gloyd Endowed Lecture Series where he presented his talk titled "Can We Walk Our Talk on Decolonizing Global Health

Gloyd Endowed Lecturer Madhukar Pai: A ‘Double Agent’ Perspective on the Effort to Deconstruct Colonialism in Global Health

Power, Privilege, and Allyship: A ‘Double Agent's’ Perspective on the Effort to Deconstruct Colonialism in Global Health


Global health was born out of colonialism. Even today, it is neither diverse nor truly global. Every aspect of global health is dominated by those with power and privilege. If global health is be reimagined or decolonized, people and institutions who typically hold power and privilege must shift from saviorism to allyship. 

Video: 2019 Stephen Gloyd Endowed Lecture with Stephen Lewis

On May 16, 2019, the University of Washington welcomed Stephen Lewis, co-director of AIDS-Free World, for the Stephen Gloyd Endowed Lecture. Lewis co-founded AIDS-Free World in 2007 with the hopes of starting a non-profit organization that creates more effective worldwide responses to HIV and AIDS. The organization examines several factors within the AIDS epidemic, including discrimination and violence against women, the LGBT community, disabled persons, and poor and marginalized populations.