Outbreaks of communicable diseases in the developing world are bad enough from a health perspective. But they also have serious implications for social justice, because they exacerbate longstanding human-rights crises, including by undermining already-weak public-services provision and deepening existing inequalities.
Pía Riggirozzi is associate professor at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on political economy of development and regionalism, with an interest in the Americas. Her most recent publications include "Region, Regionness and Regionalism in Latin America: Towards a New Synthesis" (New Political Economy 17:4, 2012) and The Rise of Post-Hegemonic Regionalism: The Case of Latin America (edited with D. Tussie, Springer, 2012) She is currently engaged in a collaborative ESRC-DFID funded project that explores regional integration processes and poverty reduction in the Global South.