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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a conversation with Prof Keymanthri Moodley on Pandemic ethics: how have we fared?  The COVID-19 pandemic has raised profound ethical, legal and social issues set against a backdrop of global health and socio-economic inequities.

The ethical issues have ranged from restrictions on personal liberties in the public interest to distributive justice in access to limited resources like ventilators and critical care beds. Many of these ethical debates have been advanced with COVID-19 vaccines - inequitable access, vaccine diplomacy and vaccine nationalism. History will judge us for how we have responded - solidarity and social justice or  "catastrophic moral failure"?

Date:  4 May 2021
Time:  11:00 – 12:00
Venue:  Zoom
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About Prof Keymanthri Moodley

MoodleyKeymanthri Moodley is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. In 2017, she was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. Keymanthri is a specialist family physician, bioethicist and has served as a Principal Investigator on clinical trials. 

She is an NRF rated researcher and has served on the SAMRC Board, the NHREC and in international organisations: WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS), NIH DSMBs and the WHO SAGE Ebola Working Group. The Centre was re-designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics in 2019 by the WHO, one of twelve in the world and the first on the African continent.

Keymanthri is a Member of the Academy of Science in South Africa (ASSAf) and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. To date, she has been awarded research and capacity development grants to the approximate value of R40 million. The Centre has trained 40 mid-career professionals from 10 African countries in bioethics and is currently co-presenting an NIH funded Leadership program in Bioethics with 7 PhD trainees. Keymanthri serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of EDCTP, Netherlands.

Programme

11:00 – 11:05  Welcome, Background and Introduction -  Prof Himla Soodyall, ASSAf Executive Officer

11:05 – 11:45      Pandemic ethics: how have we fared? -   Prof Keymanthri Moodley, Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre   for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

11:45 – 11:55      Q&A -  Facilitator: Prof Himla Soodyall

11:55 – 12:00      Closing - Prof Himla Soodyall