Past events

Nuffield Council on Bioethics Public Lecture 2012

16th May 2012, 17:30-21:00
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Are global health policies good for public health in developing countries?

Dr Amar Jesani
Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, and Faculty, Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights (Anusandhan Trust), Mumbai, India

Screening of Box Office Bioethics winners

The lecture will be preceded by a screening of the winning entries to the Councilís student film-making competition, Box Office Bioethics.

17:30 Coffee
18:00 Screening of Box Office Bioethics winners
18:30 Lecture and questions
19:30 Drinks reception
21:00 Close

This event is open to all and free to attend but please book your place in advance.
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Lecture synopsis
Global health policies are shaped by multiple institutions, not all of them working directly in the field of health. These institutions both co-operate and compete with each other. But the dominant ones among them share some common approaches: (a) applying the principles of liberal economics to public health; (b) favouring certain technological and managerial solutions in system reforms; and (c) above all, having a common epistemological view on science and on what constitutes evidence. The dominance of this political, ideological and intellectual framework facilitates the opening up of public health to the market, and connects it to national and international corporate interests. In his lecture, Amar Jesani will argue that these developments are in conflict with peopleís aspirations for more equitable socio-economic development, and for universal access to health care in developing countries. He will use India as a case study to demonstrate these points.

About the speaker
Dr Amar Jesani is an independent consultant (researcher and teacher) in bioethics and public health. He is a trustee of Anusandhan Trust, which manages three institutions: CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes,; CSER (Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights, in Mumbai; and SATHI ( in Pune, India. Amar is one of the founders of the Forum for Medical Ethics Society and its journal, IJME (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, He is presently its Editor and was National Coordinator of the two National Bioethics Conferences of the IJME in 2005 and 2007. He is the national faculty of the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) for its NIH supported research bioethics training programme and a visiting faculty teaching bioethics at various public health and social science institutions in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Amarís writings are mainly in the field of public health and bioethics, and he has co-authored and co-edited six books.