Covid-19 Insights: Analysis from Ethics, Human Rights and Law Perspectives

We – Health, Ethics and Law Institute (HEaL Institute) and Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME) – at the Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES) are pleased to bring you critical analytical blog space entitled ‘Covid-19 Insights’. As a collective with long standing commitment to ethics and rights, the goal of bringing these to you is to not let get ethics and human rights relegated amidst the urgency of responding to the pandemic. These blogs and podcast by individuals from different fields and of common people, we believe, would add a layer to the ongoing conversations in different spaces – research, service provision, policies and strategies to respond to the pandemic.

We desire to cater to various constituencies including larger public as well as the government. The idea is to raise critical questions and also provide insights to help shape and continue to improve the quality of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blogs in this space speak to various aspects of public health emergencies, in general and the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular center-staging ethics, human rights and legal aspects of responding to public health emergencies. Alongside, they also discuss duties, and obligations of various constituencies, both local and global. The ‘Covid-19 Insights’ space also provides select related resources.

We welcome contributions to the blog space ‘Covid-19 Insights’ in different forms including commentaries, brief reports, short stories, experiential narratives from ground zero, poetry, sketches, and cartoons. Amidst the information overload and buzzing social media, we hope to keep these blogs short, and each blog focused on one or two themes at a time. We welcome your submissions reflecting your personal insights into the issue at hand using the lens of ethics and rights. Submissions will be screened by the team of blog editors.

Read and share them in your networks, and post your comments. It is a collaborative platform founded on the principle of ‘co-creating knowledge to develop an inclusive response to the pandemic which affects us all with no barriers of religion, class, gender, caste’.

We also bring to you a wealth of resources at HEaL Institute’s e-Bioethics Repository

Blog editors and curators: Colleagues from HEaL Institute and IJME

Editorial and Technical Team: Shahnawaz Islam, Vijay Sawant

Submission Guidelines for blog authors:

  1. Blog length: about 600-1000 words with some flexibility.
  2. Submission will be screened for quality of the content.
  3. The submission needs to have analysis of any aspects of public health emergency in general or Covid -19 in particular from ethics (justice, public health ethics included), human rights, and legal-regulatory
    perspectives. This will be one of the key criteria for screening the submissions.
  4. Submission format and style: Submissions must be sent in a word document with minimum formatting. Font size: 12; Font type: Times New Roman.
  5. Submission may include hyperlinks to relevant stories, reports, and any other resources.
  6. Blog Submission email id: [email protected]

Requests for postings materials in e-Covid-19 repository:

  1. Requests for posting relevant materials on this website are welcome for our consideration. Email id: [email protected]

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Blog 14 | HEaL Institute & IJME – Covid-19 Insights | July 21, 2020

Refusing to treat due to lack of PPE: Brief insights and analysis | Olinda Timms

The Covid-19 pandemic has once again exposed the many deficiencies in our health system and its lack of preparedness in a health crisis. The unfolding pandemic revealed higher infectivity levels, and unpredictable outcomes of infections that escalated the risk level to ‘unacceptable’…more

Blog 13 | HEaL Institute & IJME – Covid-19 Insights | July 16, 2020

Being at the frontline of COVID 19: Conversations with grassroots health care workers | Contributors

In this blog we bring you highlights of a webinar where health care workers (HCW) working at the grassroots took centre stage by coming on board as panellists. They shared their experiences of working during COVID 19. More than a hundred individuals from different backgrounds and areas of work, from around India and outside, participated in the webinar…more

Blog 12 | HEaL Institute & IJME – Covid-19 Insights | June 18, 2020

Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan: Abdication of State Responsibility | Ravi Duggal

The State Response in India to Covid-19 was as per the now classic Modi modus operandi – surgical strike on people without notification. Surprise and awe characterise Modi’s tactic, whether it was announcement of demonetization, introduction of GST, Balakot air strike, Article 370 abrogation and lockdown of Kashmir and now the Covid-19 lockdown…more


HEaL Institute’s e-Bioethics Repository

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A commentary in response to the excess Covid-19 deaths in BAME community & health workers
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Official Covid-19 Websites

Indian Council of Medical Research Covid-19
GoI MoH&FW Covid-19
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram
WHO Geneva Covid-19

Covid-19 Bioethics and Human Rights Resource Centers

Bioethics and Human Rights: Guidelines and Policies
AMA Journal of Ethics Covid-19 Resource Center & American Journal of Bioethics
Harvard University Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics Covid-19 Response
The Hastings Center: Ethics Resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Covid-19 Resource Center
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Covid-19

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The BMJ Coronovirus (Covid-19)
Centres for Disease Controls and Prevention
ResearchGate Covid-19 research community
Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center
Indian Scientists’ Response to Covid-19
Johns Hopkins University Global Case Counter
The Lancet: Covid-19 Resource Center
The NEJM: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Jan Swasthya Abhiyan Covid-19
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