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The Bellagio Meeting on Pandemic Influenza


Summary

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ruth Faden (Berman Institute of Bioethics) and Ruth Karron (Center for Immunization Research) convened an international group of experts in public health, animal health, virology, medicine, public policy, economics, bioethics, law and human rights to consider questions of social justice and the threat of avian and human pandemic influenza, with a particular remit to focus on the needs and interests of the world’s disadvantaged. Although it is generally recognized that the next influenza pandemic could have far-reaching consequences in terms of morbidity and mortality, comparatively little attention has been paid to the ways in which a pandemic could have a disproportionately negative impact on socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

The group of 24 experts met in Bellagio, Italy from July 24-28, 2006. The consensus of the group was that efforts to prepare for and respond to the threat of an influenza pandemic should take account of the needs and interests of the disadvantaged. Members of the group have issued a Statement of Principles http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/bioethics/bellagio/statement.html for incorporating considerations of social justice in pandemic planning response, as well as a series of checklists to aid in incorporating these principles into preparedness and response efforts.

Bellagio Meeting Website http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/bioethics/bellagio

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Ruth Faden http://faculty.jhsph.edu/Default.cfm?faculty_id=210

Ruth Karron http://faculty.jhsph.edu/Default.cfm?faculty_id=360

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