1st Edition

An Introduction to Global Health Ethics

Edited By Andrew Pinto, Ross Upshur Copyright 2013
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.