Players of the ”L’Etoile de Guinee” football team poses with a sign reading ”Stop to the ebola epidemic” prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near the Koumassi sports center in Abidjan on August 10, 2014. West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on August 10, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices. Photo credit: SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images
As the world comes to terms with the recent Ebola outbreak, several ethical questions have arisen, many of which relate to the distributions of Ebola vaccines, and who should be given priority.
Was it ethical for the two American missionaries to receive treatment for Ebola ahead of the local Liberian population?
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Africa, Bioethics, Celia B. Fisher, Christian, Ebola, Ethics, Liberia, Missionaries, Morality, vaccine trials, Vaccines
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The Friday, July 11th episode of the PBS News Hour featured a presentation on the young child from Mississippi who had been treated with early and unusually aggressive drug treatment after birth and then was seemingly virus-free for two years.
However, official just announced that the girl, now almost 4 years old, tested positive for HIV during a follow-up appointment last week. When asked about the trial that was to begin, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases emphasized the need to be ethical in the design of the study.
Please visit the PBS News Hour website for a video and full transcript of the program.
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute
Tagged Anthony Fauci, Ethics, HIV, HIV research, Mississippi, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, PBS, Research Ethics, Research on Children
The panel addresses the value of liberal arts education. Photo by Bruce Gilbert
What is the value of a liberal arts education, and what place does it have in America’s future? An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education on April 28 addressed these issues, and featured presentations from several leading liberal arts scholars, including Acting Under Secretary of Education, Jamienne Studley.
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Tagged Andrew Delbanco, Celia B. Fisher, Center for College Affordability and Accountability, Center for Ethics Education, Colorado College, Columbia University, Eva Badowska, Fordham University, Jamienne Studley, Jill Tiefenthaler, liberal arts education, Liberal education, Rebecca Chopp, Richard Vedder, Swarthmore College, U.S. Department of Education, Value
Ramin Asgary, M.D., M.P.H.
By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the Arab Spring resulted in an increase in short-term medical volunteerism. This type of medical practice raises many ethical issues for both the medical practitioners and their institutions. Dr. Ramin Asgary, Assistant Professor in New York University’s Department of Medicine, has experienced these ethical issues from two perspectives: as a physician working abroad in humanitarian settings, and as an academic examining the ethics of short-term medical volunteerism, and aid workers in general.
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Tagged Aid workers, Cultural relativism, Doctors without Borders, Humanitarian ethics, Médecins Sans Frontières, Medical ethics, Natural Disasters, New York University, Post-conflict zones, Ramin Asgary, Refugees, Vulnerable populations