The transition from “labs to villages” of life-saving health innovations may be delayed or even prevented if the many ethical, social, and cultural (ESC) issues that arise along the “critical path” from discovery to development to delivery and adoption are not addressed.
The ESC Program works with global health organizations and other partners to anticipate and proactively address major ESC issues, opportunities, and challenges associated with global health and development initiatives. These include, but are not limited to, those that arise in: collecting, using and sharing data and/or biospecimens; engaging with stakeholders and communities; planning and conducting trials; rolling-out potentially disruptive public health interventions; and, partnering (e.g., research consortia, PDPs) for development and delivery of new interventions.
The ESC Program team consists of scholars from Canada, India, South Africa, and the US, who specialize in bioethics, biomedical science, medicine, public health, health policy, philosophy, and law. The team engages in research and analysis of, and devise customized solutions for, a broad range of complex ESC challenges in global health and development. ESC Program outputs and services include: advisory/consultation services; presentations; discussion papers for internal use by clients and/or partners; papers for peer-reviewed publication; and/or direct collaboration with investigators to develop new approaches to address ESC challenges.
Learn more about our Program here, and some of our recent projects below:
ESC2Program for the Water
Efficient Maize for Africa