This seminar, chaired by HHE’s Dr. Lisa Schwartz will explore the response to COVID-19 and the need for rapid research to develop vaccines, treatments and other kinds of urgently needed knowledge. Previous public health emergencies have demonstrated that good community engagement helps move research forward, ensures it is feasible, relevant, and accepted, and that its findings are taken up. But how can it be done quickly, and in the midst of lockdowns? On this webinar we will explore these questions, and hear from the experts how to bring Good Participatory Practices to COVID-19 research.
Refugees and many migrants suffer from limits on their abilities to move around the world, even in pressing or urgent circumstances. They are often forced to leave their homes for reasons beyond their control, including war and civil unrest, political and religious persecution, economics, or famine and other natural or man-made disasters. Once displaced, whether internally or externally, they face pressing needs for food, water, shelter, and health care. Local governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations often struggle with providing for their needs, particularly in resource-poor regions of the world. Recent socio-political changes in the United States, Western Europe and elsewhere have placed additional restrictions on the rights of migrants and refugees.
To explore these and overlapping issues, in solidarity with these refugees and migrants, on June 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th 2020, 7 am – 9 am Eastern Standard Time, we hosted a no-travel virtual conference to explore the ethical, legal, philosophical, and social issues associated with refugee and migrant health in a world of economic, geopolitical, and psychological borders.
In the coming weeks and months, this website will be updated with more information from the conference. Please note that the submission must be made before May 1st , 2020.
If you have any questions about the conference, want to register and/or participate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 14, McMaster’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact hosted its annual Research Day.
The HHErg was well represented this year with two poster presentations (below) and an oral presentation entitled, “Dying in the Margins: Palliative Care, Humanitarian Crises and the Intersection of Global and Local Health Systems.”
Elysée Nouvet, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The Africa Institute, Western University, Ontario, Canada;
conducted research in West Africa on the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak
More about the conference:
The Post-Research Ethics Analysis (PREA) project is funded by r2hc to address ethical issues in humanitarian research.
One output is a practical tool to facilitate reflection on and learning from ethical issues arising during humanitarian research. The tool will be launched at the conference, along with keynote lectures, accepted paper and poster presentations, and structured conversations between humanitarian researchers and ethicists.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 Dr. Lisa Schwartz Arnold L. Johnson Chair, Health Care Ethics; Professor, Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University “Ethics, Obstacles and Palliative Care in Humanitarian Settings” MDCL 3020 – 4:30-6:30PM
Other speakers and dates:
Monday October 22, 2018 Dr. Govindakarnavar Arunkumar
Professor & Head, Nodal Officer (Influenza Lab), Manipal Centre for Virus Research, Manipal Academy of Higher Education “Nipah Virus: An Emerging Pandemic” MDCL 3020 – 4:30-6:30PM
Thursday November 22, 2018 Dr. Stuart MacLeod Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, University of British Columbia “New Approaches to Improving Therapeutic Choices for Children: A Global Health Priority” MDCL 3020 – 4:30-6:30PM
Small Humanitarian Acts that Make All the Difference in End of Life Care?
Evening Panel Discussion | 18:30-20:30 | Maison de la paix
Dr. Schopper is professor at the medical faculty of the University of Geneva and director of CERAH since July 2011.Trained as a medical doctor,Schopper spent several years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the field. She was president of the Swiss branch of MSF and twice president of the MSF International Council. In 2001 Doris Schopper was asked to constitute an Ethics Review Board for MSF International. Since then she has chaired the Board coordinating the ethical review of MSF research proposals and providing advice on ethical matters to the organisation. https://www.cerahgeneve.ch/cerah/faculty-staff/academics/prof-doris-schopper
Prof. Schwartz is the Arnold L. Johnson Chair in Health Care Ethics with the Faculty of Health Sciences, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Associate Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), and Associate Member of the Department of Philosophy, at McMaster University. Dr Schwartz is trained as a Clinical Ethics Consultant and has used and devised frameworks for the ethical challenges that arise in clinical care in high and low resource settings and in humanitarian crises settings. https://humanitarianhealthethics.net/home/about/lisa-schwartz/
18:55-19:00 – Doris Shopper’s introduction of the keynote speaker
Keynote message—19:00-19:20 (+5 mins of clarification questions)
Paul Bouvier on Small Acts of Humanitarian Kindness
Dr. Bouvier works with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as course coordinator (the HELP course)and chair of the group on ethics in the practice of humanitarian action. Former ICRC Senior Medical Advisor, he is a medical doctor with specialization in pediatrics and public health, and Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, where he has carried out research and prevention programs on child sexual abuse and violence. Along with his medical and training activities, Dr. Bouvier has also applied the perspectives he developed through his various roles and field experience in crises into various philosophical reflection and medical humanities activities. From published reflections on “small things and humanity” on the part of delegates visiting people in detention (2012), to an art history lesson on Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War prints in prefiguring Dunant’s Solferino relief efforts by several decades (2011), Dr. Bouvier has demonstrated his skills as a rich and diverse thinker on issues of suffering, morality and what it means to be human. A further complement to his professional work, and his intellectual writing, he has consulted on exhibitions at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum<https://www.redcrossmuseum.ch/en> in Geneva including the main “Humanitarian Adventure” halls, and the most recent publication “Prisoners’ Objects<https://www.redcrossmuseum.ch/en/product/prisoners-objects/>.”
19:25-19:30—Schwartz introduces the panelists
Ibraheem Abu Siam
Abu Siam, RN, CNS, is a Public Health Officer at UNHCR (Jordan). He is an experienced Public Health Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry. Skilled in Policy Analysis, Government, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, and Research, he is a dedicated community and social services professional with a Master’s degree focused in Public Health/Community Nursing from Jordan University for Science and Technology. You can see him here on a video from the International Council of Nurses speak on the topic of safeguarding health during crises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFY8yHd_i_E
Dr. Musoni is a Psychiatrist at the Central Hospital of the University of Rwanda in Kigali (CHUK). Before starting his postgraduate studies in psychiatry, Dr. Musoni was the Clinical Director at the Masaka District Hospital, Rwanda. He also served as a Medical Officer in Darfur-North SUDAN for the UNAMID Peacekeeping mission. His research interests include bipolar disorders and palliative care. He is currently carrying out research on the effects and challenges of psychoeducation on patients with bipolar disorder in Rwanda.https://humanitarianhealthethics.net/home/research/hhe-research-studies/pall-iphc/case-study-conflict-protracted-refugees-rwanda/
Sonya de Laat
Dr. de Laat is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Humanitarian Health Ethics at McMaster University, Canada. With backgrounds in anthropology and media studies, her interests and approaches are mixed and multidisciplinary—straddling social science, health science and humanities. Her research interests include the moral, political and historical dimensions of humanitarian visual culture. Currently, she is focusing on the role of photography in shaping people’s impressions of and in mediating responses to global migration, with a particular focus on the conditions and experiences of being a refugee, and on humanitarian (health)care for refugees. www.sonyadelaat.weebly.com
Dr. Wahoush has been an advocate and researcher of refugee health care since 1987. She came to this topic through teaching undergraduate nurses maternal newborn health in a refugee camp in Jordan and through hospital administration and volunteer roles in Pakistan and Canada. Through her roles at the School of Nursing at McMaster University, Dr. Wahoush was instrumental is leading and promoting research with refugees, newcomers and other underserved populations. Recent research Dr. Wahoush has been involved in or leading include studies focused on reproductive health, health and resettlement of refugees and refugee-like families in Canada and exploring the selection process for refugees in transit countries like Jordan.
Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research
L’Institut canadien de recherche sur la santé des militaires et des vétérans
NATO Lecture Series
On the 28 & 29 of November, a lecture series on Moral Injury and Military Mental Health will take place at The Royal’s: Institute of Mental Health Research in Ottawa. Full details on the lecture series can be found by following this link:
If you wish to attend you must first register following the instructions below.
It is important that you enrol as there is limited space, there is no cost to enrol.
Thanks and we hope to see you there.
Série de conférences OTAN
Le 28 et 29 novembre, l’OTAN organise une série de conférences sur les blessures morales et la santé mentales des militaires. Les conférences seront tenues à Ottawa, avec l’Institut de recherches en santé mentale l’organe de recherche des Services de santé Royal Ottawa. Pour plus de détails sur la série de conférences, veuillez suivre le lien suivant :
Si vous aimeriez participer, vous devez vous inscrire en suivant les directives ci-dessous :