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The Global Health Ethics Seminars (GHES) Series

Globalization has been defined in many different ways, one of them being the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa. In the context of global public health, it means that public health issues are no longer contained by national borders. A public health crisis in on country can quickly spread to its neighbours and impact the rest of the global community, and vice versa. In these scenarios, ethical questions are of central importance. For example, the recent Ebola epidemic in western Africa raised ethical issues for countries beyond the borders of Africa – as far afield as Spain and the USA. This underscored the need for high quality research into the bioethical issues that arise amidst the most serious global health challenges of our times.

To that end, a regular, new collaboration has been established to examine key issues in global bioethics, titled “Global Health Ethics Seminars” (GHES). The aim is to provide a forum in which leading ethicists, health care workers, policy makers and patients from across the world can come together to provide practical answers to the major moral and ethical questions that arise during times of global health crises.

Read a report on the launch of the series here.


Recordings of Global Health Ethics events can be accessed via CGHH's YouTube channel. These include:


Following the model of the established and successful WHO Global Health Histories project, seminars will be held initially at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and simultaneously broadcast live online. Registration for the live broadcasts will be free and on a first come first served basis. Over time, GHES will expand to select WHO Regional and Country Offices, ensuring the widest possible critical engagement with ethical issues of significance.

GHES is a direct partnership between the Wellcome Trust, UK, the World Health Organization and the University of York, UK.

Links to the event recordings will appear here in due course. Please keep checking back after each event.

Useful Websites: World Health Organization: www.who.int/en Wellcome Trust:www.wellcome.ac.uk Global Health Histories Project: www.who.int/global_health_histories/en/University of York Department of History: www.york.ac.uk/history Centre for Global Health Histories:www.york.ac.uk/history/global-health-histories