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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal
SJR: 0.123

ISSN Print: 2151-805X
ISSN Online: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2015013102
pages 185-191

GLOBAL HEALTH GATEWAY: ETHICS IN GLOBAL HEALTH

Shilpi S. Shah
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Ahmedabad Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Shishir Shah
Department of Dentistry, GMERS Medical College and Hospital, Sola, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Shobhit Jain
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Tejal Sheth
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Ahmedabad Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Mihir N. Shah
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Ahmedabad Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

ABSTRACT

Global health is an exciting field and brings with it many privileges as we work and study alongside diverse people from communities around the globe. Cultivating "ethical sensibility" is not about taking the fun out of what we do, but rather ensuring that above all we do no harm to ourselves, other individuals, or the communities within which we work. Ethics in Global Health is a virtual space for dialogue regarding shared ethical concerns and support for unique ethical dilemmas. Our mission as a regional platform at Ahmedabad Dental College and Hospital (ADCH) is to foster primary healthcare needs of patients, with chief importance given to follow-up treatment. In addition, we attempt to create a dialogue among international colleagues regarding cultural differences and needs, while educating one another about similarities in research, respect for life, and problem solving. This review highlights two faceted introductions to global health ethics. First, the framework of "borrowed" ethics that currently forms the core of global health ethics is studied under subsets of the moral significance of health and boundaries. Second, a selection of exemplar ethical topics is presented to illustrate the range of topics within global health ethics.