The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken a significant step in addressing the ethical challenges posed by public health emergencies.
On January 26, 2020, they launched the Public Health Emergency Ethics Preparedness and Response (PHEEPR) Network, which aims to provide real-time support and advice on ethical decision-making during global crises like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to advance this initiative, the Brocher Foundation recently hosted a two-day workshop on May 25 in Geneva.
At this event, GSL Investigator A.M. Viens, presented on “Insights from Legal Epidemiology: Towards an Epidemiology of Ethics in Emergencies?” The workshop brought together key experts from around the world to identify the key aims, functions, and membership of the PHEEPR Network, as well as integrating ethics into public health emergency preparedness and response.
This pilot network seeks to fill the existing gap in coordinating and supporting ethical decision-making globally, ensuring that ethical challenges arising during public health emergencies are effectively addressed. By leveraging international expertise and resources, the PHEEPR Network aims to provide vital assistance to researchers, practitioners, and governments in a sustainable and context-sensitive manner.
This groundbreaking initiative, highlighted by A.M. Viens’ presentation, is a stride towards fostering ethical practices in the face of global health crises.
Learn more about it here.