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Public Health Disasters: A Global Ethical Framework


Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Michael Olusegun Afolabi
    Pages 1-24
  3. Michael Olusegun Afolabi
    Pages 25-58
  4. Michael Olusegun Afolabi
    Pages 59-96
  5. Michael Olusegun Afolabi
    Pages 175-214
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-233

About this book


This book presents the first critical examination of the overlapping ethical and pragmatic issues surrounding disasters, global bioethics, and public health ethics. These issues are elucidated under the rubric: Public health disasters. Drawing on an approach that reckons with microbial, existential and anthropological realities, the book develops a relational framework that can help address the local and transnational dynamics of the ethical issues engendered by public health disasters.  The book also charts some of the critical roles that relevant local and transnational stakeholders may play in translating the proposed global ethical framework from the sphere of concept to the arena of action. This title is of immense benefit for bioethics scholars, public and global health policy experts, as well as graduate students working in the area of global health, public health ethics and disaster bioethics.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.International Journal of Ethics Education, Center for Healthcare EthicsDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

About the authors

Michael O.S. Afolabi earned a PhD in Healthcare Ethics from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He has a  background in Biomedical sciences (Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria), Innovation and Economic Development (University of Tampere, Finland), and Clinical Ethics (Providence, USA). Dr. Afolabi combines his expertise in biomedical sciences and public health policy with bioethical rhetoric to pursue and proffer solutions to the ethical dilemmas elicited by individual, social and institutional health issues. His approach to these issues from local and trans-national perspectives make his work very relevant in contemporary global health. He has published a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has shared some of his insights at academic conferences in Africa, North America, Asia, and Europe.

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