World Health & Population

World Health & Population November 0000 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp.0000.17527

Ethics, Equity, and Human Rights Dimensions in Strengthening Public Health in Developing Countries

John Bryant

Abstract

The intent of this paper is to share with you my thoughts about the current evolution of the two fields, ethics and public health, and where they are headed.

The dual challenge of the evolving fields is that public health is being redefined, with new avenues of thought and action being opened, while the field of ethics is also undergoing extensive change, including new perspectives on ethics, equity, and human rights. Let us consider how these two fields are evolving, periodically moving in parallel directions and, at times, converging. Another dimension to consider is how these issues fit into the ideas of globalization and global governance.

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