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Global Health Ethics Seminar 6: Disease Surveillance for the SDGs – Balancing privacy with the need to know

Monday 3 October 2016, 1.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Daniel Hogan (WHO), Professor Amy Fairchild (Columbia University, USA) and Professor Ali Haghdoost (Kerman University, Iran).

Please note time difference: 13.00 – 14.30 hours, Central European Summer Time 

This seminar will be streamed live over the internet. Go to to sign up. 

GHE poster for downloadGHE Seminar 6 (PDF , 367kb)

Surveillance is one of the most fundamental activities of public health, involving diverse practices in areas such as non-communicable disease registers, outbreak investigations, infectious disease, health systems research, and digital surveillance. Public health surveillance (PHS) raises multiple ethical issues, and WHO is currently finalizing ethics guidelines for PHS. This webinar will highlight the lack of surveillance in many situations, discuss the upcoming guidance document and the ethical issues that could arise, and explore how to ethically balance the objective of data collection to serve public health goals with the obligation to protect the privacy of citizens.

Join the webinar to hear our expert panel consider these issues through a case study approach, and take part in the discussion.

Location: World Health Organization (and broadcast live online)

Admission: Broadcast live over the internet, via webinar.