Ethical Problems in Planning for and Responses to Pandemic Influenza in Ghana and Malawi

TitleEthical Problems in Planning for and Responses to Pandemic Influenza in Ghana and Malawi
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSambala, EZ, Manderson, L
JournalEthics and Behavior
Date Published2018
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10508422
KeywordsData , descriptive , EPIDEMICS , ethical , GHANA , INFLUENZA , MALAWI , Moral , pandemic , policy , PUBLIC , QUALITATIVE , STRATEGIC
AbstractEthical problems are addressed in various ways within countries in planning for and response to pandemic influenza. Here we report on a qualitative study, in which 46 policymakers in Malawi and Ghana were interviewed on how they identified and resolved ethical problems. The study results revealed that ethical problems involving conflicts of values and choices were raised in reference to the extent and role of resources (inequities) and nature of public health interventions (intrusive measures), including the extent and processes of decision making, reasoning, and justification. There is a need for an ethical framework within pandemic preparedness plans to resolve and avert these problems.
NotesSambala, Evanson Z. 1 Manderson, Lenore 1; Affiliation: 1: School of Public Health University of the Witwatersrand; Source Info: Apr2018, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p199; Subject Term: EPIDEMICS; Subject Term: INFLUENZA; Subject Term: POLICY sciences; Subject Term: PUBLIC health; Subject Term: STRATEGIC planning; Subject Term: QUALITATIVE research; Subject Term: DATA analysis software; Subject Term: DESCRIPTIVE statistics; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: GHANA; Subject Term: MALAWI; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethical framework; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethical problems; Author-Supplied Keyword: influenza; Author-Supplied Keyword: pandemic planning and responses; NAICS/Industry Codes: 525120 Health and Welfare Funds; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article