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Dr. Yacouba Banhoro

banhoro Dr. Yacouba Banhoro

Short Bio

Yacouba Banhoro holds a PhD in African history from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University Joseph Ki-Zerbo of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. There, he also has been the Director of the African Cluster Centre on the framework of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, a scientific cooperation project between the University Joseph Ki-Zerbo University and the University of Bayreuth. Prior to his academic career, Yacouba Banhoro was a secondary school teacher for ten years, after obtaining his Master's degree in History from the University of Ouagadougou in 1991. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of several articles and books on colonial history and the history of health in Burkina Faso, as well as on the history of disease and global health in Africa.


Selected Publications

  • +2023, Somé, Magloire, Yacouba Banhoro (eds). Histoire de la Haute-Volta de 1897 à 1947. Paris: Hémisphère, Maisonneuve et Larose, nouvelles éditions.
  • *2023, Arndt, Susan, Yacouba Banhoro, Taibat Lawanson, Enocent Msindo, Peter Simatei (eds). Covid-19 in Africa: Governance and Containment. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
  • *2023, Arndt, Susan, Yacouba Banhoro, Taibat, Lawanson, Enocent Msindo, Peter Simatei (eds). Covid-19 in Africa: Societal and economic implications. P. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
  • *2021, Banhoro, Yacouba, Sidiki Traore (eds), La problématique de la maladie dans la littérature orale écrite. Ouagadougou: Presse Universitaire.
  • 2020, Kampadilemba Ouoba, Yacouba Banhoro, Rasmané Semde. 2020. Histoire contemporaine de la pharmacie au Burkina Faso. Paris : coll. « Harmattan Burkina Faso ».
  • 2005, L’expansion du VIH/SIDA au Burkina Faso – Perspective historique. Hamburg : Lit-Verlag.

Project Description

My project at the Cluster of Excellence “African Multiple” at the University of Bayreuth aims to prepare the publication of a monograph that compiles my earlier research on the history of health as framed by societal and political dynamics. I will try to answer to the question on how the health system managed the control of diseases? The overarching objective of the work is to understand the history of Health and Disease Control in a francophone West African country. The study will be focused on the case of Burkina Faso from its establishment as a country during the French colonization (19th-20th centuries) to the years of Global Health (1990-2020). The historical approach to analysing the health system in Burkina Faso does not only permit the perception of transformative aspects of health systems and policies, but it will also be possible therewith to critically discuss the local health culture as an object of transformation, while highlighting local and global relationships with the embedded colonial heritage.

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