What’s a Westerner to Do Now? Ethical Considerations in Responding to the Ebola Epidemic

|What’s a Westerner to Do Now? Ethical Considerations in Responding to the Ebola Epidemic
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Hannah Lawman

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Over 10,000 West Africans lost their lives during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic, the largest in history. This talk will focus on ethical considerations of Western Intervention brought into sharper view by the Ebola epidemic. It will consider the economics of drug and diagnostics development and the role of modern consumerism. Dr. Hannah Lawman will discuss her experiences and the impact they continue to have on her today.

Hannah Lawman received her PhD in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina and specialized in health psychology.  An epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she worked in Sierra Leone as part of the emergency response. She now directs research for the chronic disease prevention division at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She founded and directs the 501(c)(3) Welbodi Sierra Leone, which provides comprehensive high school scholarships for girls, to help Sierra Leone rebuild after the devastating epidemic.