Academic Degree



Full members


Research Context

Angola | Guinea-Bissau | Portugal

Research Interests

Africa | Global Health | Neglected tropical diseases | Urbanization

Institutional Subunit


Biographical Note

PhD. Jorge Varanda is an Auxiliary Professor of the Anthropology at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra. He is also a member of the Direction of the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), responsible for its Coimbra branch (CRIA-UC). He was trained as an anthropologist at the Department of Anthropology, University of Coimbra, then followed suit to University College London (UCL) where he did his master with Emeritus Prof. Murray Last in Medical Anthropology and PhD with Emeritus Prof. William Bynum at the Wellcome- Center for History of Medicine at UCL. In Coimbra he teaches several social and cultural anthropological courses several of which are part of the Global Health and Medical Anthropology master program. He created and taught 2011-2017 of the course of Anthropology of Health of the Doctoral program of International Health at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of Lisbon. He was the FLAD/Michael Teague Visiting Professor at Brown University for the spring semester 2017-2018, where he taught “Global Health Histories in Lusophone Africa (1885-2015)”. Adding to the teaching he is a researcher at the CRIA-UC, and Global Health and Tropical Medicine (GHTM-IHMT) of the afore mention tropical institute. Over the last decade and half, his research and publications centered attention on biomedical care and health issues in Portuguese-Speaking (Lusophone) Africa. His work has received funding across the years. Varanda first focused on the public health actions carried out by a chartered diamond company (Diamond Company of Angola (Diamang that operated in colonial Angola (1917-1975). He followed suit with a project on a public health programs against human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) across historical- political lines, thus grasping the relevance of a colonial disease and rise of the most relevant Neglected tropical disease in the global health ecosystem (1885-2013). He was also the national PI in an international project on the emergence and spread HIVs. His attention focused on HIV-1 subtypes and HIV-2 in Angola and Guinea-Bissau, respectively, while providing context and ideas that ‘thicken’ the bio-and-virological narratives. The aim is again highlighting the relevance of the social world (urbanization, health policies) for apparent biological events- changing malaria. His project on the intelligence service of Diamang might seem out of context, but it provides key details on the relevance of local networks both for illegal trading as well as health issues, namely on the early spread of HIV-1 M. This interdisciplinary and diachronic pathway, is still present in his current work on urban malaria in Angola and Guinea-Bissau. This research is hand-in-hand with increasing attention to the idea of Social protection, namely Universal Health Coverage in Lusophone Africa. Varanda also worked in non-academic settings, namely in the implementation of the Verbal Autopsy system under the Research Centre for Health of Angola (CISA), and on small HIV study with the Doctors of the World- Lisbon, Portugal. Interests: Medical Anthropology; Social History; Colonial Public Health and Global Health; Human African Trypanosomiasis/ Neglected Diseases; HIV/AIDS (Origin and epidemic spread); Population Movements; Urbanization; Malaria; Verbal Autopsy; D.S.S./ Health research centers; Universal Health Coverage.

All projects

Data updated on 17-09-2023, from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE.


Antropia - Um Blogue Catalisador da Ciência

UC- 730 anos

Principal investigator

Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia

Financiers: Universidade de Coimbra


Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies - Ebola, 2014-16 and Yellow Fever, 2016.



Financiers: Wellcome Trust


Urban Malaria in Africa: new insights into social, geographic and vector population genetics factors



Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical


Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang) – Serviço de Informação e Diligências - Uma Memória Subv(m)ersa.


Principal investigator

Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia; Universidade de Coimbra Departamento de Engenharia Civil

Financiers: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian


An International Collaboration on the Political, Social, and Cultural History of the Emergence of HIV/AIDS



Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis

Financiers: National Endowment for the Humanities


OE. Strategic Project - LA 18 - 2011-2012


Financiers: Universidade de Coimbra


Recalling a Neglected Disease - An Historical-Anthropological view of Human African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness) in Angola, ca. 1900s - present.

Provided by PTCRIS: 100646

Principal investigator

Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia; Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Recordar uma Doença Esquecida - Uma Visão Histórico-Antropológica da Tripanossomíase Humana Africana (Doença do Sono) em Angola, ca. 1900- presente.


Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia; Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia




Universidade de Lisboa Instituto de Ciências Sociais

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia




Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


The Tropical Medicine and the Portuguese colonies (1887-1942)

Provided by PTCRIS: 60184

Financiers: Universidade de Coimbra


A Medicina Tropical e as colónias portuguesas (1887-1942)


Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Not available


Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia




Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

All Publications

Data updated on 17-09-2023 , from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE .

Book chapter

“The Emergence and Spread of HIV-2 in Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau”, Histories Of HIVs - Social Contexts of the Emergence of HIV/AIDS”

varanda, Jorge, The Histories of HIVs: The Emergence of the Multiple Viruses that Caused the AIDS Epidemics. William Schneider. Indiana University Press. 2021. Published

Journal article

Chasing a ghost: notes on the present distribution and conservation of the sooty mangabey (Cercocebus atys) in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

Ferreira da Silva, Maria Joana; Borges, Filipa; Costa, Mafalda; Colmonero-Costeira, Ivo; Casanova, Catarina; Lecoq, Miguel; Silva, Cristina; et al, Primates . 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10329-020-00817-2 . 10.1007/s10329-020-00817-2 . Published

Journal article

Putting Anthropology into Global Health

Varanda, Jorge; Théophile, Josenando, Anthropology in Action. 31 - 41. 1. 26. 2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/aia.2019.260104 . 10.3167/aia.2019.260104 . Published


Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on Data Sharing during the 2014-2016 Ebola Epidemic and the 2016 Yellow Fever Epidemic

Varanda, Jorge; Sharon Abramowitz; Tamara Giles-Vernick; Jim Webb; Jennifer Tappan; Elanah Uretsky; Katherine Mason; et al, Institut Pasteur Wellcome Trust . 2018. https://www.glopid-r.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/data-sharing-in-public-health-emergencies-yellow-fever-and-ebola.pdf .

Journal article

Malaria transmission: current challenges and new tools in the elimination context – revisiting a workshop at IHMT.

Craveiro, Isabel; Gonçalves, Luzia; Varanda, Jorge; Salgueiro, Patrícia, Malaria transmission: current challenges and new tools in the elimination context – revisiting a workshop at IHMT.. 41 - 44. 16. 2018. http://anaisihmt.com/index.php/ihmt/article/view/26 . Published

Journal issue

Special issue "Diamang – A Dupla Face do Colonialismo Português"

Revista História - Jornal de Notícias. 8. 06-2017. http://jnhistoria.jn.pt/edicao-08/#tema . Published

Conference poster

Malaria Control Strategies in Angola - 1980-2015- A History unfolding

Ferreira, Jorge; Birck, Jordana, Workshop "Malaria transmission: current challenges and new tools in the elimination context", NOVA Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Portugal, 30-31 October. 10-2017.

Journal article

On the contribution of Angola to the initial spread of HIV-1

Pineda-Peña, Andrea-Clemencia; Varanda, Jorge; Sousa, João Dinis; Theys, Kristof; Bártolo, Inês; Leitner, Thomas; Taveira, Nuno; et al, Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 219 - 222. 46. 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2016.08.009 . 10.1016/j.meegid.2016.08.009 . Published

Journal article

Main causes of death in Dande, Angola: results from Verbal Autopsies of deaths occurring during 2009–2012

Rosário, Edite Vila Nova; Costa, Diogo; Timóteo, Luís; Rodrigues, Ana Ambrósio; Varanda, Jorge; Nery, Susana Vaz; Brito, Miguel; et al, BMC Public Health. 1. 16. 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3365-6 . 10.1186/s12889-016-3365-6 . Published

Journal article

Knowledge and healing practices in the neo-traditional churches in Luanda: Charisma, participation and women biographies | Saberes e práticas de cura nas igrejas neotradicionais em Luanda: carismas, participação e trajetórias das mulheres

Viegas, Fátima; Varanda, Jorge; Viegas, F.; Varanda, J., Etnografica. 189 - 224. 1. 19. 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/etnografica.3957 . 10.4000/etnografica.3957 . Published

Journal issue

Dossier "Angola: a vertigem da modernidade e o lastro do passado"

Etnografica. 1. 19. 01-02-2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/etnografica.3866 . 10.4000/etnografica.3866 . Published

Conference poster

The contribution of Angola to the early spread of the HIV-1 epidemic

Ferreira, Jorge; Andrea-Clemencia Pineda-Peña; Theys, Kristof; Bártolo, Inês; Leitner, Thomas; Taveira, Nuno; Vandamme, Anne-Mieke; Abecassis, 22nd International HIV Dynamics and Evolution. Budapest, Hungary, 13-16 May 2015. 05-2015.

Journal article

Introduction: Angola in the passage of time | Introdução: Angola na passagem do tempo

Varanda, J., Etnográfica. 123 - 138. 1. 19. 2015. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84924294372&partnerID=MN8TOARS . Published

Journal article

Book Review - Ruth J. Prince; Rebecca Mrsland (Eds), Making and unmaking public health in Africa: Ethnographic and historical perspectives

Varanda, Jorge, Global Public Health. 1008 - 1010. 8. 10. 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2015.1062530 . 10.1080/17441692.2015.1062530 . Published

Journal article

(Un)healthy relationships: African labourers, profits and health services in angola's colonial-era diamond mines, 1917-75

Varanda, J.; Cleveland, T., Medical History. 87 - 105. 1. 58. 2014. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84890470014&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1017/mdh.2013.73 . Published

Journal article

Biomedical health care in Angola and in the Companhia de Diamantes de Angola, circa 1910-1970 | Cuidados biomédicos de saúde em Angola e na Companhia de Diamantes de Angola, c. 1910-1970

Varanda, J., Historia, Ciencias, Saude - Manguinhos. 587 - 608. 2. 21. 2014. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84904410544&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.1590/S0104-59702014000200008 . Published


Report Saúde Móvel – Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Study HIV/AIDS SPSS Analysis, Médicos Do Mundo | Relatório Científico - Saúde Móvel – Estudo de Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Práticas VIH/SIDA, Médicos do Mundo

Varanda, Jorge; Azevedo, Joana, Médicos do Mundo . 2013.

Book chapter

Preleção sobre Poesia de Agostinho Neto

Ferreira, Jorge, Dia do Herói Nacional. Consulado Geral da República de Angola no Porto, Norprint. Porto, Portugal. 2013. Published


Final Project Report– “Recordando uma Doença Esquecida….”

Varanda, Jorge, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia . 2013.

Journal article

Filhos, enteados e apadrinhados: Discursos, políticas e práticas dos serviços de saúde da Diamang, Angola

Varanda, J., Antropologia Portuguesa. 141 - 165. 29. 2012. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84890489563&partnerID=MN8TOARS . 10.14195/2182-7982_29_10 . Published

Book chapter

A asa protectora de Outros: As relações transcoloniais do Serviço de Saúde da Diamang

Ferreira, Jorge, Circulação do Conhecimento Médico. Prof. Cristiana Bastos; Renilda Barreto. Imprensa de Ciências Sociais. Lisboa, Portugal. 2012. Published


Final Contract Report – Projecto CISA, Angola

Varanda, Jorge, Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Angola . 2011.


Report on the fieldwork for the Testing of the Verbal Autopsy tool in DSS/CISA | Relatório Científico - Teste do Instrumento da Autópsia Verbal no CISA

Varanda, Jorge, Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Angola . 2011.

Conference poster

A century of heath programs against Human African Trypanosomiasis

Ferreira, Jorge, Health in Africa Workshop, African Studies Association, Washington, USA. 11-2011.

Conference poster

The implementation of a Verbal Autopsy in Bengo: study of deaths of children until 15 years-old

Ferreira, Jorge; Rodrigues, Ana; Rosário, Edite; Saturnino, Roberta; Machado, Eduardo; Abreu, Janet; Andéssaldela, Feliciana; Monclus, Assumpta Bou; Nery, Susana Vaz, INDETH Scientific Conference, Moçambique. 2011.


Manual for Fieldworkers - Verbal Autopsy | Manual para Trabalhadores no Campo - Autópsia Verbal

Varanda, Jorge, 97. Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Angola (CISA). Angola. 2010. Published


Nutritional Enquiry in the Commune of Kicabo, Bengo Province, Angola | Relatório Científico - Inquérito Nutricional na Comuna do Kicabo, Província Bengo, Angola

Varanda, Jorge; Oliveira, Ana Maria; Moncloa, Assumpta Bou, Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Angola DPS-Bengo . 2010.


Scientific Report - Protocolo para Implementação de Autópsias Verbal, CISA, Angola.

Varanda, Jorge, Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Angola . 2010.

Book review

Marcos Cueto – The value of health: a history of the Pan American Health Organization, Washington D.C., Pan American Health Organization, 2007, p. 239

Ferreira, Jorge, ICS. 2010. http://analisesocial.ics.ul.pt/documentos/1268307806O0nYX7yw6Dv31RD3.pdf . Published

Book chapter

Crossing Colonies and Empires: the Health Services of the Diamond Company of Angola

Ferreira, Jorge, Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines in Transnational Perspective. Anne Digby; Projit B. Muhkarji; Waltraud Ernst. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Cambridge, United Kingdom. 2010. Published

Book review

Cláudia Castelo, Passagens para África. O Povoamento de Angola e Moçambique com Naturais da Metro´pole, Porto, Edições Afrontamento, 2007, 405 pp.

Ferreira, Jorge, Etnográfica Press. 2009. https://journals.openedition.org/etnografica/1281 . Published

Book chapter

Um Cavalo de Tróia na Colónia? Missões de Profilaxia Contra a Doença do Sono da Diamang

Ferreira, Jorge, Os Saberes da Cura, Antropologia da Doença e Práticas Terapêuticas. Luís Silva Pereira; Chiara Pussetti. ISPA/CEAS. Lisbon, Portugal. 2009. Published

Book chapter

O Biombo de Fotos/The Screen of Photos

Ferreira, Jorge, Missão Botânica: Transnatural – Angola 1927-1937,. Paulo Bernachina; Alexandre Ramires. Artez. Coimbra, Portugal. 2007. Published

Journal article

Health and Angola's Companhia de Diamantes | A saúde e a Companhia de Diamantes de Angola.

Varanda, J., Historia, ciencias, saude-Manguinhos. 261 - 268. 11 Suppl 1. 2004. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-7744247452&partnerID=MN8TOARS . Published

Journal article

The Brave New World of Diamang

Varanda, Jorge, Wellcome History. 21. 2002. Published