Fifth National Bioethics Conference, 2014

Sama participated and presented on different issues in the Fifth National Bioethics Conference (NBC), held at the St John’s Hospital campus, Bangalore from December 11th to 13th, 2014.

The 5th NBC was co-organised by the St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences (SJNAHS), Bangalore; Society for Community Health Research Awareness and Action (SOCHARA), Bangalore; and Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES), Mumbai. The theme of was ‘Integrity in medical care, public health, and health research’ with focus on research ethics; clinical ethics; public health ethics; and cross-cutting themes. At the conference, Sama made five presentations in plenaries and in the parallel sessions. Sarojini N from Sama was a keynote speaker and spoke on ‘Integrity in Access to Public Health Services with a specific focus on gender and reproductive health’. She also presented a testimony on the unethical practices in clinical trials particularly in the context of HPV vaccines. A presentation ‘Dying to give birth: The case of Yuma Sherpa and the Unethical Medical Terrain of Assisted Reproductive Technologies’ was also made by Sama. Sama presented two papers as part of the ‘Ethics and Gender’ theme. The first was on ‘Interrogating Health Care Response to Gender Based violence: Implication for Health Care Integrity’ and the second was on ‘Enhancing Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) through Health Systems Engagement’.

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