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GLIDE Fellows, Arsenii Alenichev and Halina Suwalowska, have written an Epidemics Ethics blog exploring how uncertainty in global health presents significant ethical challenges for policy makers, researchers and healthcare professionals who need to make decisions or provide advice when evidence is sparse, inconclusive or even conflicting.

They argue 21st century global health could benefit from:

  • Learning about how targets of global health interventions deal with uncertainty in their own way.
  • Shedding light on uncertainty manifesting in global health interventions and institutions that are imagined to be the forerunners of certainty.
  • Tracing ways in which global health interventions proliferate and exacerbate uncertainty under the banner of bringing certainty.

You can read the full blog on the Epidemics Ethics website.

Epidemics Ethics is a global community of bioethicists building on pre-existing expertise and resources to provide real-time, trusted, contextual support to communities, policy makers, researchers, and responders in relation to the ethical issues arising out of global health emergencies, with a current focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Halina Suwalowska is also a Fellow with Epidemics Ethics.

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