Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe

Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe
Editors: Drue H. Barrett, Leonard H. Ortmann, Angus Dawson, Carla Saenz, Andreas Reis, Gail Bolan
Book. Public Health Ethics Analysis. Volume 3 2016
Published online: April 2016
Abstract / Resumen:
This book, published by Springer as part of its Public Health Ethics Analysis series, is a resource for training on public health ethics that alternates presentations on key public health ethics topics with cases from different parts of the world on various ethical challenges that are inherent to the practice of public health and that illustrate how ethics applies to decision making. The book also includes an introductory section for those new to public health ethics.  
The Pan American Health Organization will publish the book in Spanish soon.
Este libro, publicado en inglés por Springer como parte de la serie Análisis de Ética de la Salud Pública, es un recurso para el entrenamiento en ética de la salud pública que alterna presentaciones sobre los temas más importantes de la ética de la salud pública con casos procedentes de distintos lugares del mundo sobre diversos desafíos éticos que son inherentes a la práctica de la salud pública y que ilustran cómo la ética se aplica en la toma de decisiones. El libro incluye además una sección de introducción a la ética de la salud pública para aquellos que no estén familiarizados con la disciplina. Próximamente la Organización Panamericana de la Salud publicará el libro en español.
How to obtain this report / Como obtener este informe: click here.
Keywords / Palabras clave:
Bioethics; Public Health; Decision Making; Global Health.
Note: The author/source alone is responsible for the views expressed in this article/publication or information resource, and they do not necessarily represent the positions, decisions or policies of the Pan American Health Organization. El autor/fuente es el único responsable por las opiniones expresadas en este artículo/publicación o recurso de información y no necesariamente representan las posiciones, decisiones o políticas de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud.
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Consultancy Opportunity: R2HC Ethics Framework Review**Deadline extended to June 10**

R2HC has funded three rounds of proposal applications since 2013. With the aim to ensure all research funded through the programme is ethically sound, our Ethical Framework has been available as a resource.

We are now looking for a consultant to review the Framework and how it has been used thus far For more information please find a PDF of the TOR here: Ethics_Framework_Review_ToR_Elrha_R2HC. It can also be viewed at 

The deadline for applications has been extended to 10 June 2016.

PAHO: Zika ethics report

Announcement from Carla Saenz, PhD, Regional Bioethics Advisor, Department of Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research, Pan American Health Organization

Here is the link to the Zika ethics publication:

It can also be accessed directly at:

It will also be included at

Additionally, here is link to an 8-minute video published by The New York Times on the ethics of zika-related abortion in Brazil:

ICRC Announcement: Launch of the Humanitarian Law & Policy blog

A digital forum on how to better protect and assist people affected by conflict and violence
About the blog

Humanitarian Law & Policy is an ICRC blog powered by the International Review of the Red Cross. Focusing on the interplay between international law and the policies that shape humanitarian action, it gathers academics, lawyers and aid workers concerned with improving humanitarian action and limiting the effects of armed conflict and violence.

Today’s posts

The blog is being launched on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, which starts on Monday. We open with a video interview with Head of Policy Hugo Slim, outlining how the ICRC approaches the upcoming Summit. It also features a post by Jennie Phillips on how to empower local communities through Digital Response Networks. Last but not least, Marc DuBois sheds light on an overlooked aspect of the principle of Impartiality, reminding us that in the world of humanitarian relief, people sometimes must be left behind.

Critical history of humanitarian photography on display

From 23-24 May, 2016, as part of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, an exhibition that takes a critical historical approach to looking at humanitarian photography. This exhibit is part of the ODI-HPG ‘Global history of modern humanitarian action’ project.

Beyond icons: subjects and stereotypes in humanitarian photography


Looking at photographs of humanitarian crises, we often get a sense of déjà vu.

This familiarity stems from the repeated use of stereotypical depictions of people-in-crisis over the course of 150 years of humanitarian imagery.

This photo exhibit features a range of ‘icons’, or visual tropes, such as ‘The mother and child’ and ‘The boat people’.

Featuring both historical and contemporary photographs, this exhibit invites critical reflection on how people in emergency settings — from refugees to aid workers to famine victims — are typically portrayed. It also explores the purposes, aims and power dynamics underpinning humanitarian images.

This exhibit is one in a series organised by the World Humanitarian Summit, on the theme of ‘reflections’. It forms part of our ‘Global history of modern humanitarian action’ project and was curated by Valérie Gorin (University of Geneva) and Sonya de Laat (Western University/McMaster University).

Photo credit: Joe Wenkoff/

Zika through a bioethics lens: a documentary



This documentary has been directed by Debora Diniz, a bioethicist. It illustrates the various challenges that the Zika virus presents to women in Brazil. The documentary is available in Portuguese with English subtitles:                    


Este documental ha sido dirigido por la bioeticista Debora Diniz e ilustra los muchos desafíos que presenta el virus del Zika presenta a las mujeres en Brasil. El documental está disponible en portugués son subtítulos en inglés: Una versión en español se hará disponible pronto.

Suscripción a lista Public Health Ethics                                      Suscription to list Public Health Ethics                                        

Programa Regional de Bioética                                                   Regional Program on Bioethics                                                                

Gestión del Conocimiento, Bioética e Investigación                    Knowledge Management, Bioethics and Research

Organización Panamericana de la Salud                                      Pan American Health Organization

Shared by Dr. Carla Saenz, PAHO.

Dr. Samantha Nutt to speak at McMaster U

The Program for Faculty Development (PFD), in the Faculty of Health Sciences
invites all to consider attending — 

WONG Forum in Medicine lecture with Dr. Samantha Nutt who will be speaking on:

Health Care Professionals as Advocates: 
Lessons from the Trenches

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

McMaster University’s

David Braley Health Sciences Centre – Room 2032

100 Main St. W. (corner of Main & Bay)

Hamilton, ON

Reception @ 6:00 p.m. (outside lecture room)

A flyer with additional info. is available here:

To RSVP, or obtain additional information about our 9th Annual DAY in Faculty Development that will also be held on May 4, 2016, please see:


Health Policy Student Conference

Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at CHEPA’s New Frontiers in Health Policy Research Conference, being held on Monday April 25 at McMaster University’s CIBC Hall.

Liu, shown in photo, is a Canadian pediatrician born in Quebec City and a graduate of McGill University School of Medicine. She was appointed MSF’s international president in 2013.

In addition to prominent keynote and panel speakers, an exciting central part of CHEPA’s annual multidisciplinary conference for graduate students will be hearing an array of selected graduate students from area universities presenting their own innovative health policy research for discussion and critique in a supportive environment.

Examples of relevant research areas include:

  • Access to/quality of health care
  • Determinants of health
  • Disparities in access/health status
  • Economics of health care and HTA
  • Global health
  • Health funding
  • Health politics
  • Health reform
  • Health workforce
  • Knowledge translation
  • Public health or prevention
  • Research methods

The audience for this annual event is geared to graduate students and post-doctoral students from a variety of health disciplines and programs including political science, economics, sociology, health research methodology, health professions and health management, as well as policy makers.

For more information:’new-frontiers’-conference

New book: Global Bioethics: An Introduction.

“What should concern us is not only the disease itself but the people who are ill. Health is negatively related to poverty and ecological degradation. Social, economic, and political conditions make people vulnerable….an ethical framework is needed that values common interests more than private or national ones.”

Henk ten Have 

Henk ten Have, Director and Professor at Duquesne University’s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts’ Center for Healthcare Ethics, has published a new book: Global Bioethics: An Introduction.

He also authored a short blog post about its topic: ethical questions emerging from recent infectious disease outbreaks around the world.