Institute Mission and Vision

Goal and strategic priorities of the Institute in five years from now

As an organization we conceive health in its most broad and comprehensive manner that enables safeguarding the health of the planet. With this broader conception of health, the goal of the organization is to work towards responding to the well-being of people via research, advocacy, training and action; and to serve as a bridge between academia and activism for promoting and safeguarding people’s democratic and constitutional entitlement to health, understood and conceived as an outcome of wide ranging social-economic-political-environmental determinants. Such a conception also encompasses essential aspects ethics and human rights of health, health care delivery, health research, health policies and programs, and health economics.

Health, Ethics and Law Institute for Training, Research and Advocacy, a newly established entity of FMES for programmatic work, is committed to take up socially relevant empirical and theoretical research, as well as critical policy and program analyses to inform advocacy work at various levels and contribute to the efforts in making a difference to peoples’ well-being, especially those that are underserved and underprivileged. While health and its determinants are centre-stage, our multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach facilitates and enables us to critically engage with law, regulations, constitutional entitlements, and historical context of matters at hand alongside socio-cultural-political-environmental aspects.

Contributing to development of critical mass of human capital in bioethics remains one of our goals. In this regard, developing curricula and relevant resources for short intensive trainings in bioethics across its subfields – clinical ethics, research ethics, and public health ethics – has been one of core activities over the past about two decades.

Our focal area of engagement: Health conceived using a broader perspective

Our work informed: By broader conception of health and bioethics

Our approaches: Multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral, informed by our subscription to the broader notion of bioethics

Our strategies: Collaborative to enable engagement with various relevant constituencies and stakeholders on a particular issue/matter

Our work stands: at the interface of academic engagement with the topic of enquires and policy and advocacy

Our core activities: Training and education, research, advocacy, publishing, enabling peer and public engagement on matters that helps expand the scope of discourse and constituencies of engagement towards enriching the discourse, inform policies, inform legal reforms, and shape programs.

Our programmatic areas: Health Systems; Health, Law, and Policy; Ethics and Rights; and Health Technologies

Our cross cutting themes: Gender, vulnerability, discrimination, political economy, local and global context

Our topical areas of engagement in the coming five years: Health care systems and health care policies, health of special groups, health technologies, artificial intelligence in health care, capital punishment & health care professional, tribal health, occupational health, sanitation and public health, organ transplantation, end-of-life care, and palliative care

Our current work: Artificial Intelligence in Health Care; Death Penalty; Ethics in Health Care; Ethics and Health Journalism, Gender Based Violence (GBV); Palliative Care, Euthanasia; Indian Philosophy and its Application to Bioethics Discourse; Ethics of Biomedical Research; Social Science Research Ethics; Clinical Ethics; and Public Health Ethics.

Our social responsibility: We are committed to undertake socially relevant research, advocacy and training; to abide by research ethics norms; to disseminate research findings; and to abide by principles of social accountability and transparency.