Ethical Issues in Responding to a Global Disease Crisis – Ebola and Beyond

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Sustainable Development Seminar Series: Ethical Issues in Responding to a Global Disease Crisis – Ebola and Beyond

Date: March 11, 2015

Speakers:

Arturo Brito, MD, Deputy Commissioner, Public Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health

Robert Klitzman, MD, Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Masters of Bioethics Program; Director, Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University

Irwin Redlener, MD, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness and the Program on Child Well-Being and Resilience, The Earth Institute; Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Co-Founder and President, Children’s Health Fund

Jeff Schlegelmilch, MPH, MBA, Managing Director for Strategic Planning and Operations, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

The Earth Institute presents a 2014-2015 Sustainable Development Seminar Series, Ethical Issues in Responding to a Global Disease Crisis: Ebola and Beyond. This session explores the ethical issues in dealing with infectious disease threats in a global environment. Ethical issues can be wide-ranging and include: allocation of scarce resources, responding with a limited evidence-base, accelerating the pharmaceutical development process, negotiating politics and belief when it is in conflict with science, etc. Issues from the current Ebola crisis are explored to understand the nature of these issues, and to generate lessons to guide future responses.

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