EMPHNET hosted, for the first time in Jordan, a regional workshop on Public Health Ethics.
Taking place in Amman, between June 15th and 19th 2014, the event covered a broad range of topics pertaining to ethical public health practices. Throughout its duration, the workshp’s full-day sessions touched on the philosophical understanding of public health ethics, moving on to ethics in surveillance, health promotion, vaccination, emergencies and disasters, alongside public health research, and ethical codes and frameworks.
The training was attended by 20 field specialists from across the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), and was officially inaugurated by Director of NCD Directorate at the Jordan Ministry of Health, Dr. Mohammad Al Tarawneh.
Speaking at the event inauguration, Dr Al Tarawneh stated that this workshop is of great significance to the public health field, as it touches on the questionable aspects of ethics in public health. The event was set to answer pressing questions like whether or not it is ethical for a mother to refuse immunization for her child and what does or does not constitute an ethical practice amongst public health specialists.
From his end, EMPHNET’s Executive Director, Dr. Mohannad Al Nsour, added in his opening remarks that the workshop was designed to address ethical considerations and questions for various important public health issues, such as immunization, surveillance and outbreak investigation. Dr. Al Nsour thanked the trainer Dr. Ghaiath Hussein, who is a Bioethics Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, UK, and the participants who came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunissia, Yemen, Pakistan, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The event sessions combined practical examples, presentations, and discussions of case studies.