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An Introduction to Global Health Ethics

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew D. Pinto, Ross E. G. Upshur


176 pages

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The field of global health is expanding rapidly. An increasing number of trainees are studying and working with marginalized populations, often within low and middle-income countries. Such endeavours are beset by ethical dilemmas: mitigating power differentials, addressing cultural differences in how health and illness are viewed, and obtaining individual and community consent in research. This introductory textbook supports students to understand and work through key areas of concern, assisting them in moving towards a more critical view of global health practise.

Divided into two sections covering the theory and practice of global health ethics, the text begins by looking at definitions of global health and the field’s historical context. It draws on anti-colonial perspectives concepts, developing social justice and solidarity as key principles to guide students. The second part focuses on ethical challenges students may face in clinical experiences or research. Topics such as working with indigenous communities, the politics of global health governance, and the ethical challenges of advocacy are explored using a case study approach.

An Introduction to Global Health Ethics includes recommended resources and further readings, and is ideal for students from a range of disciplines – including public health, medicine, nursing, law and development studies – who are undertaking undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics or placements overseas.

Table of Contents

Foreword James Orbinski Section 1: Theory Chapter 1. The Context of Global Health Ethics Andrew D. Pinto, Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Ross E.G. Upshur Chapter 2. Ethics and Global Health Ross E.G. Upshur, Solomon Benatar and Andrew D. Pinto Chapter 3. Approaching Global Health as a Learner Malika Sharma and Kelly Anderson Chapter 4. Human Rights Discourse within Global Health Ethics Lisa Forman and Stephanie Nixon Chapter 5. Global Health Governance and Ethics Jerome Amir Singh Chapter 6. Indigenous Health and Ethics: Lessons for Global Health Andrew D. Pinto and Janet Smylie Section 2: Practice Chapter 7. Ethics and Clinical Work in Global Health Athanase Kiromera, Jane Philpott, Sarah Marsh and Adrienne K. Chan Chapter 8. Ethical Challenges in Global Health Research Ghaiaith Hussein and Ross E.G. Upshur Chapter 9. Ethical Considerations of Global Health Partnerships Jill Murphy, Victor R. Neufeld, Demissie Habte, Abraham Aseffa, Koasar Afsana, Anant Kumar, Maria de Lourdes Larrea and Jennifer Hatfield Chapter 10. Perspectives on Global Health from the South Ana Sanchez and Victor A. López Chapter 11. The Political Context of Global Health and Advocacy Nathan Ford Chapter 12. Teaching Global Health Ethics Donald C. Cole, Lori Hanson, Katherine D. Rouleau, Kevin Pottie and Neil Arya Afterword Solomon Benatar

About the Editors

Andrew D. Pinto is a family physician and Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in the Keenan Research Centre at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

Ross E. G. Upshur is the former Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and a staff physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is the Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research and, at the University of Toronto, he is a Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, an affiliate of the Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and a member of the Centre for Environment.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Epidemiology
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Ethics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues