Reflections on ethical challenges associated with the Ebola epidemic

Solomon Robert Benatar


The recent tragic, horrifying and extensively reported Ebola epidemic must surely lead us to question why, despite major medical progress, such epidemics continue to emerge. We should also consider their implications for our global collective future. Seeking to understand the Ebola epidemic requires viewing it in the broadest historical and sociopolitical contexts that have shaped health globally, and specifically in West Africa.

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Solomon Robert Benatar, Bioethics Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Joint Centre for Bioethics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada

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Ebola; Ethics; MSF; Global health; Public health; Power relations; Macroeconomics; Climate change; Geopolitics

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(12):1012-1013. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2015.v105i12.10247

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Date submitted: 2015-10-21
Date published: 2015-11-05

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