Tag: global health

Blog Posts (2)

March 19, 2014

The importance of assisted reproductive technologies for women in “developing” countries

<p>While assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are common in most “developed” countries (the global North), in the global South (“developing” countries), ART is generally not available for a variety of reasons, most of which center around money. These resource-poor countries typically lack both qualified health-care professionals and facilities necessary for ART. Although some countries do have ART centers, the cost of ART is prohibitive for all but the extremely wealthy. Indeed, infertility is usually seen as a treatable problem only for the upper class primarily because the poor cannot afford basic health care let alone expensive treatment like ART. The fact that the majority of people in the global South cannot afford basic health care, which is typically seen as the top priority in health-care allocation, is another reason why ART are not readily available in the global South. Most public and private health-care funding goes toward primary care and not treatments that are often seen as elective and cosmetic, like ART.</p> <p>Yet, infertility can be considered a health problem according to the World Health Organization's broad definition of health – “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Infertility in the global South can have severe and interrelated social, economic, and health-related consequences for women. This is still the case when the woman is physiologically fertile but her partner has male factor infertility; she is the one who is generally blamed for the couple’s inability to have a biological child.</p> <p><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
December 14, 2012

AJOB's December Issue is Here!

This month’s issue features:

What Purpose Does Religion Serve for Bioethics?

Connecting Global Health Justice and Governance

Published Articles (4)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 12 - Dec 2012

The Morality of Saved Lives Rajaie Batniji & Paul H. Wise

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 12 - Dec 2012

Global Health Justice and Governance Jennifer Prah Ruger

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 5 - May 2011

Beyond the IRB: Local Service Versus Global Oversight

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 10 Issue 11 - Nov 2010

Review of Brad Spellberg, Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Deadly Bacteria and Our Dwindling Arsenal to Fight Them