The Drivers and Outcomes of Global Health Diplomacy
: Lessons from Brazilian health cooperation in Mozambique

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis looks at the Brazilian international cooperation in health with Mozambique under the South-South Cooperation (SSC) context. It explores the particularities, processes, and interests embedded in the cooperation between these two countries under the lenses of the field of Global Health Diplomacy (GHD). Thus, this work aims to understand the profile of these countries as global health actors. While also looking at the power relations and self-interest embedded in the SSC practice. It looks at the main international agendas that influences health, such as international security, economic trade and human rights.

The research utilises qualitative and quantitative data, which are built from the analysis of relevant government documents, as well as interviews with key actors in the field of global health diplomacy, especially those working on the implementation of the global health policy initiatives. Thus, the thesis covers the practical applicability of international negotiation in health. Within that context the thesis brings forward an analysis of the cooperation in health in the HIV/AIDS front. It focuses particularly on the case study of the implementation of an ARV factory in Mozambique, Sociedade Mocambicana de Medicamentos (SMM). Thus it highlights the different interests and challenges encountered by each country throughout the course of the project and its outcomes.

Overall, this research is insightful for those interested in understanding the main aspects that influence decision-making in global health from a Global South perspective, regarding HIV/AIDS and the establishment of the SSM in Mozambique, as a result of the SSC in health with Brazil. Furthermore, it provides a useful framework for researchers interested in understanding how health and foreign policy are related to each other in different contexts and power relations.
Date of Award1 May 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • King's College London
SupervisorVinicius De Carvalho (Supervisor), Ekaette Ikpe (Supervisor) & Jeff Garmany (Supervisor)

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