The initial outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa presented many ethical, legal, logistical and clinical challenges for first responders, clinicians, politicians and researchers. These challenges have been magnified now that EVD has crossed the Atlantic transforming the public conversation from a worrisome public health challenge over there, to one we need to address over here.
In response to these events, Indiana Univeristy experts in ethics, law, public health, and medicine met on October 24, 2014, to discuss the ethical, legal, social and policy implications of the recent EVD outbreaks.
This panel presentation made aware of the need for considered investigation into the various public and governmental responses to Ebola. Provided below are a number of Ebola resources featuring an archived video of the panel presentation, the panelists' bibliography, a student blog, and additional Ebola links and resources.
Archived Video of Panel Presentation
- Video of Panel: "Ebola: 'Over There'...Now 'Over Here'--An Urgent Conversation about Ethics, Law, Public Health, and Practice" October 24, 2014
Panelists' Contributions to EVD Discussion
- Issue Brief, Ebola Virus Disease: Legal and Ethical Issues for Indiana, by the IU Center for Health Policy at the Fairbanks School of Public Health
- IndyStar Op-ed by Eric Meslin, Chad Priest, Ross Silverman, and Nicolas Terry
- "Ebola Ethics: How Should Science and Society Respond?", Eric Meslin, Second Presbyterian Church, January 18, 2015.
- WFYI and IndyStar Ebola panel, featuring Eric Meslin, Chad Priest, Joshua Mugele, and Patience Gbor
- Bibliography compiled by Eric Meslin, Miriam Murphy, Chad Priest, Ross Silverman, and Nicolas Terry for the October 24th, 2014 panel on Ebola (Ethics Section Updated 1-15-15; 2-3-15).
Editorials, Blogs, and Opinion
- Ebola Ethics and Policy: A Student Blog by graduate students in Eric Meslin's Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research Ethics seminar.
- New England Journal of Medicine Editorial by NEJM Editors
- Room for Debate: Experimental Drugs and The Ethics of Fighting Ebola by NY Times contributors
Related IUCB Reports
- Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Ethical Issues and Recommendations to the Indiana State Department of Health
News, Updates, and Other Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Page
- BioMed Central's Ebola Resource Center
- New York Times, see the special section "The Ebola Outbreak"