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In contrast to WHO´s and other experts´ advice, the worst-off countries should be extra prioritised when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine allocation, according to Professor Ole Frithjof Norheim at the University of Bergen.
Partners In Health founder Paul Farmer was an inspiring virtual visitor at last week's annual seminar of the Section for Ethics and Health Economics (Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care).
BCEPS Director Ole Frithjof Norheim has contributed to a paper that proposes an ethical framework for global COVID-19 vaccine allocation, published in Science Magazine on 3 September 2020.
Congratulations to Eirik Tranvåg (PhD research fellow at BCEPS) on receiving the Early Career Researcher Prize for the European region at the World Congress of Bioethics. The prize was awarded for his paper on "Precision medicine and the principle of equal treatment: A conjoint analysis".
Tuesday 26 May 2020 was a historic day that saw parliamentary approval of a new Norwegian Biotechnology Act. As leader of the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, BCEPS Director Ole Frithjof Norheim followed the parliamentary debate closely and described it as "emotional, good and objective".
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters invited BCEPS DIrector Ole Frithjof Norheim to contribute to its lecture series on trust during the corona pandemic. The event took place online on 14 May 2020 and a recording is available on the Academy website (see link below).
"Hva er DØDEN" ("What is DEATH") is a new book co-authored by BCEPS researcher Carl Tollef Solberg and Professor Espen Gamlund from the Department of Philosophy. The book is full of thoughts and ideas, reflections and stories, all aimed at giving the reader a new perspective on life and death.
In a commentary published in Nature Medicine on 7 May 2020, BCEPS Director Ole F. Norheim foresees wide acceptance of this strategy on ethical grounds, given that it can maximize lives saved at a lower cost and with burdens more fairly distributed than is the case for most other policies.
BCEPS Deputy Director Ingrid Miljeteig is lead author of two chapters in a recently published Norwegian textbook on ethics in the health system, while BCEPS PhD candidate Eirik Tranvåg is co-author of one of these chapters.
Bergen Global : Inger Lise Teig (Section for Ethics and Health Economics) in conversation with Ingrid Miljeteig (BCEPS) and Espen Gamlund (Department of Philosophy) on the topic of health priorities and our relationship with death.
On 7 April 2020, BCEPS had the honour of hosting this online event, "Exploring Priority Setting in the COVID-19 Pandemic", on behalf of the International Society for Priorities in Health (ISPH). The web conference gathered an international panel of clinicians, academics, and policy makers to discuss pressing priority-setting issues raised by COVID-19 around the world.
'Global Health Priority-Setting: Beyond Cost-Effectiveness' discusses a new framework for priority-setting in global health that includes and goes beyond cost-effectiveness. Read the full article for more information about the book and access to the recorded livestream of a public event hosted by the the Center for Global Development.
A six-day training workshop was conducted in Zanzibar from 16-21 February 2020 with participants from Zanzibar and Malawi and course leaders/facilitators from Ethiopia, Zanzibar and Norway.
PhD Candidate, Lelisa Fekadu Assebe, is studying evidence-based, cost-effective policy-making and priority setting of public health interventions in Ethiopia that are addressing three major global health threats: malaria, HIV, and TB.
Getachew Teshome is combining a leadership position at the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and taking a PhD in evidence-based, cost-effective health priority setting at UiB.
BCEPS has several Norwegian and international partners
A group of central researchers in the Gates funded project “Disease Control Priorities Ethiopia” (DCP-E) gathered at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to discuss the revision of Ethiopia's publicly funded health services package.
This is the first volume to connect philosophical discussions on the harm of death with discussions on population health, adjusting the ways in which death is evaluated. Edited by post doc in the GHP Research Group Carl Tollef Solberg and associated member of the group Espen Gamlund (professor in philosophy). Foreword by professor of Moral Philosophy Jeff McMahan.

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