A little over a year ago, several researchers working on ethical and justice based questions arising in global health emergencies (health crises of global concern) and in other humanitarian crises came together on a Wellcome Trust funded project entitled: “Vulnerability and Justice in Global Health Emergency Regulation: Developing Future Ethical Models.” Our key concerns were around how inequalities, vulnerabilities and various forms of injustices are often reinforced in these contexts, and how future public health responses could be better attuned to these issues.
We are delighted to announce that we recently launched our website “Justice in Global Health Emergencies & Humanitarian Crises”.
On this platform, we’re aiming to explore issues around vulnerability and justice during global health emergencies and humanitarian crises through a range of media:
- Short animations that explain concepts that are central to our project, such as structural injustice, epistemic injustice, the importance of denaturalising disasters, among others.
- Blog-like applied illustrations of the relevance of central concepts in real-world scenarios and examples.
- A podcast, “Just Emergencies”, where we sit down with humanitarian workers and researchers to talk about their work and interests.
- A series of invited blog posts, which capture the knowledge and experiences of a diverse range of people who share with us the pressing issues of working in the global health and humanitarian sectors.
- A developing section dedicated to modelling for global health emergencies in the future.
- A list of articles, books and websites that might be of use to those researching, teaching or generally interested in these topics.
We’re hoping that this website is a useful resource to academics, humanitarian workers, students, and the interested public alike. Ideally, we would like this to develop into a platform where researchers and humanitarian actors can engage with these topics and in dialogue with us.
If you are willing to share your thoughts and experience as practitioners or researcher in the form of a blog post, or would like to talk about your global health emergency or humanitarian crises experience on the podcast, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New content will be posted on a regular basis, so we warmly invite you to sign up to our newsletter. You can also follow us on twitter (@GanguliMitra)
Download a PDF version of the poster here.
PREA: Call for Abstracts
Abstracts are now being accepted for paper and poster presentations at an International Conference on Ethics & Humanitarian Research.
The conference is organised jointly by the PREA Research Team and The Ohio State University (OSU).
The conference takes place 25-26 March 2019 at OSU in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Others will be added as confirmations are received.
- Tine Van Bortel, Ph.D.,
Professor of Global & Mental Health, University of East London, UK;
Deputy Director of the Institute of Health & Human Development.
- Matthew Hunt, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor and Director of Research, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
Co-Director of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Network
- 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.
Abstracts deadline: 31 December 2018.
The PREA project also has an open call for submissions of Case Studies in the Ethics of Humanitarian Research: http://www.preaportal.org/case-studies/
If you have specific questions about the Conference, please email email@example.com.
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.
20:15-10:30 — Schopper & Schwartz closing remarks
Seminario virtual: Nuevas pautas de OMS sobre ética en la vigilancia de la salud pública –notar enlace para la sesión corregido (AHORA SÍ)
La OPS lo invita a un seminario virtual para presentar estas pautas, recientemente publicadas por OMS, que constituyen el primer marco internacional para dar orientación ética en los temas de vigilancia en la salud pública. El seminario contará con presentaciones de la Dr. Amy Fairchild (Profesora de la Escuela Mailman de Salud Pública de la Universidad de Columbia y actualmente también Decana Asociada de Asuntos Académicos de Texas A&M) y el Dr. Michael Selgelid (Director del Centro de Bioética de la Universidad de Monash). Ambos trabajaron en el desarrollo de las pautas y representan a Centros Colaboradores de Bioética de la OPS/OMS.
Para recibir más información sobre temas de ética de la salud pública, suscríbase por medio de este hiperlink a la lista de OPS Public Health Ethics .
Webinar: New WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance –note NOW corrected link for session
PAHO invites you to a webinar to present these guidelines, recently published by WHO, which are the first international framework to provide ethics guidance on issues in public health surveillance. Dr. Amy Fairchild (Professor at Columbia Univeristy Mailman School of Public Health, currently serving as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M) and Dr. Michael Selgelid (Director of Monash University’s Bioethics Center) will present the guidelines. Both participated in their development and represent Bioethics Collaborating Centers of PAHO/WHO.
To receive more information on public health ethics topics, subscribe through this hyperlink to PAHO’s listserv 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
CLICK HERE FOR THE CONFERENCE PROGRAM
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.
In solidarity with these refugees and migrants, we are hosting 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.
Location: Online (no travel)
For registration and other information: http://www.resistingborders.com