The present exhibition entitled Global Health Ethics was developed in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the creation of a dedicated ethics unit at the World Health Organization. While ethical aspects have always been an integral part of health programmes since its establishment in 1948, the Ethics and Health Initiative was formed in 2002 to serve as the focal point for the examination of ethical issues raised by activities carried out across the Organization – at headquarters, as well as regional and country offices. The team is also mandated to develop activities on a wide range of global bioethics topics.
Now known as the Global Health Ethics Unit, it collaborates with a range of partners, in particular the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics, the Global Summit of National Ethics Committees, and the United Nations Inter-Agency Committee on Bioethics.
Given the very broad nature of the topic, the exhibit concentrates on some of the key issues related to ethics and health from a historical perspective, and illustrates the diversity of these issues in medicine, public health and health research today. It also hopes to stimulate questions in the minds of visitors and to foster debate on ethics in global health more broadly.
This exhibition was prepared by Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau and Andreas Reis, WHO Department of Ethics and Social Determinants; Andreas Frewer, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany); and Ulf Schmidt, University of Kent (United Kingdom). Special thanks go to the Department’s interns for their great support: Stefano Crétier, Patricia Loh, Gabriela Lupu and Ciara Staunton. The work was accomplished under the overall guidance of Rüdiger Krech, Director of the Department of Ethics and Social Determinants, and Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation.
invaluable time and contribution of the following individuals and organizations towards the production of this exhibition are hereby gratefully acknowledged: Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics, in particular Amy Fairchild from the University of Columbia (USA); Kenneth Goodman from the University of Miami (USA); Lawrence Librach from the University of Toronto (Canada); Ministry of Health, Botswana; The Commonwealth of Australia; United Nations; United Nations Children’s Fund; Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS; International Committee of the Red Cross; Reva Gutnick, WHO consultant; Hillary Viers, for the Presidential Commission for Bioethical Studies; Acta Bioethica, Asian Bioethics Review, Hastings Center Report, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Public Health Ethics, Developing World Bioethics; and Wellcome Library (United Kingdom).
(Wellcome Images (http://images.wellcome.ac.uk) is one of the world’s richest collections of scientific images, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary health care and biomedical science.)
WHO is especially obliged to the World Medical Association for the loan of two original picture frames for the duration of the exhibition.
Last but not least, the support and feedback provided by the following WHO staff is highly appreciated: Tomas Allen, Christopher Black, Claudia Corazzola, Abdelkhalek Chehiba, Reynald Erard, Christine Meynent, Grazia Motturi, Luc Noël, José Núñez, Dag Rekve, Cathy Roth, Carla Saenz, Abha Saxena, Kerstin Schotte, Gunawan Setiadi, Tang Kwok-Cho, Sheryl Vanderpoel, Tuohong Zhang and Zu Lianghua.