Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks

November 2016
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    3rd November 2016
  • ISBN 9789241549837
  • Language English
  • Pages 66 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.5"

Infectious disease outbreaks are frequently characterized by scientific uncertainty, social and institutional disruption, and an overall climate of fear and distrust. Invariably, the countries most affected by outbreaks have limited resources, under-developed legal and regulatory structures, and health systems that lack the resilience to deal with crisis situations. Policy-makers and public health professionals may be forced to weigh and prioritize potentially competing ethical values in the face of severe time and resource constraints. This document seeks to assist policy-makers, health care providers, researchers, and others getting ready for outbreak situations by anticipating and preparing for the critical ethical issues likely to arise. In addition to setting forth ethical principles applicable to infectious disease outbreaks, it shows how these principles can be adapted to different epidemiological and social circumstances.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization is a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, charged to act as the world's directing and coordinating authority on questions of human health. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.