Edited collection – call for abstracts on: Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Challenges

By Mark Eccleston-Turner, Birmingham City University

Summary of project: The era of infectious diseases was meant to have ended – no longer was man to be burdened by the mortality and morbidity posed by viruses and microbes. The shift in focus towards non-communicable diseases since 2000, at the international and domestic level, is testament to the faith put in such a statement. However, since the new millennium we have seen a promulgation of infectious diseases causing dramatic health implications around the world. SARS, pandemic influenza, MERS, Ebola, Zika, and MDR-infections have all blighted man since 2000, and look set to continue to do so. These infectious diseases in the modern era have also raised a number of difficult legal and ethical questions that need to be answered, including: What is the role of the World Health Organisation in such outbreaks, and how is the organisation to be held accountable when things go wrong? How do we ensure the drugs are created to treat the next outbreak? What is the role of resource rich, disease poor nations in such outbreaks? Are the International Health Regulations that govern international response to infectious diseases fit for purpose? Has the shift to a rights based approach improved the response to infectious diseases? This edited collection is intended to explore these questions, whilst reflecting upon infectious diseases outbreaks that have occurred in the new millennium.

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Longarts Wanda de Kanter bezoekt UMCG en geeft eerste Healthy Ageing Lezing

 23 juni 2016  12:00 – 13:00, Blauwe Zaal UMCG

Stoppen met roken, meer bewegen, gezonder eten en drinken: hoe komen we tot gedragsverandering?

En misschien nog wel belangrijker: hoe houden we het vol?

Longarts en ex-roker Wanda de Kanter (Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam) vertelt hierover tijdens de lezing ‘Healthy Ageing: van de aanleg naar het riool naar het beïnvloeden van de mens. The Corporate Consumption Complex; wij zijn aan zet’.

De Kanter geeft tijdens de lezing handvaten om tot leefstijlverandering te komen en om anderen hiertoe te motiveren. Hoe kun je als zorgverlener bijvoorbeeld patiënten motiveren om te stoppen met roken en gezonder en actiever te gaan leven? Laat u inspireren en motiveren!

Dit is de eerste lezing over Healthy Ageing in de Zorg. De lezing is georganiseerd door het Healthy Ageing Team van het UMCG. Meer informatie over Healthy Ageing vindt u op healthyageing.umcg.nl.


Symposium: International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks

The recent Ebola crisis that shook West Africa, exceeded any previous Ebola epidemic and later was declared a pandemic by the WHO not only stretched local health care systems, but also revealed deep structural deficiencies in the international response to health issues of such a scale. The outbreak of this virus that crossed boarders easily and cost the lives of so many people raises fundamental questions regarding the actors and legal mechanisms designed and applied to manage the outbreak of highly infectious diseases.

These questions were at the heart of a workshop on “International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks” which took place from 3-4 March 2016 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg.

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International Health Governance (IHG) of Disease Outbreak Alert and Response

The Max Planck Institute Heidelberg will host an international workshop currently scheduled for March 3-4, 2016. The workshop theme is Infectious Disease Epidemics Control from an IPA perspective with Professor Marx (managing director “evaplan International Health” at the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany) as keynote speaker. Please find the programme here: IHG Programme – Public and more information under the following link: http://www.mpil.de/en/pub/research/areas/public-international-law/ipa/international-health-care.cfm

U4 SSEL Conference – “Governance of a Contemporary Multilateral Institutional Architecture”

This year’s U4 network cluster conference is organized from 4 till 6 November 2015 in congress center Het Kasteel  in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The conference includes the following panels:

1. Governance of Politics, Conflicts and Interventions

2. Governance of E-Democracy and Internet Architecture

3. Governance of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Specifically, Professor Brigit Toebes will chair the session on Society, Human Rights, and Welfare. There is also one session on Global Health.

Check out the following link for detailed information:

Program U4 SSEL Conference 4-6 November 2015

Looking for a Masters thesis student for the multidisciplinary topic Access to medicines in Europe: A human rights approach to medicines reimbursement

Looking for a thesis topic for 2016-2017? Interested in the crossroads of health, human rights, and policy? The Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre is accepting a Masters thesis student for the multidisciplinary topic Access to medicines in Europe: A human rights approach to medicines reimbursement.

About the research: Medicines affordability is a decisive factor in universal access. The right to health under international law obliges governments to take measures to provide essential medicines according to the principles of equality and non-discrimination and attention to vulnerable groups, by progressively increasing and effectively using resources. European countries have established national reimbursement policies to publicly finance medicines based on several criteria, including the patient’s profile and the nature of the condition and the treatment. However, in light of the high prices of some essential, new medicines for Hepatitis C and cancer, difficult decisions must be made about which medicines to reimburse and for whom, and the question arises: To what extent do national reimbursement policies in Europe embrace a human rights approach?

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Looking for research student on human rights and climate change

For our report to be submitted to the UN Office of the High Commission of Human Rights we are looking for one or more students to research references to climate change in concluding observations in Concluding Observations of UN treaty bodies. The focus is on the right to health. For more information seehttp://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/29/L.21 .

Planning: the report is due on 31 October, so preferably starting asap. Of course your contribution will be credited in the report.

If you are interested please contact MarliesHesselman at m.m.e.hesselman@rug.nl