In order to develop a comprehensive World Health Organization (WHO) guidance document on ethical Issues in relation to epidemic and outbreak response across a board range of diseases, this first meeting of a network of experts will be held in Dublin City University (DCU) in Dublin, Ireland. The WHO Global Health Ethics Unit has invited experts from different regions of the world and from a variety of backgrounds in both ethics and infectious diseases and outbreak response to meet on May 25-26, 2015. Its purpose will be to review the ‘lessons learnt’ from the current Ebola epidemic, identify the need for additional scoping reviews, discuss the methodology for the development of ethics guidance with broad applicability, and identify the main ethical issues to be addressed. The meeting is funded jointly by WHO, an EU-funded COST Action on Disaster Bioethics chaired from DCU, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and 3U Global Health, a research collaboration involving DCU.

This provision agenda will be finalised upon completion of background literature reviews currently being conducted by WHO. In addition, WHO has other expert groups scheduled to meet in early May whose findings will feed into the final agenda. On the basis of these reviews, individual participants may be asked to make short informal presentations based on their expertise or experiences. A final agenda will be circulated to all participants the week before the meeting on May 25-26.

Day 1 (Monday, May 25, 2015)

Session 1 Chair: Dónal O’Mathúna
0900 - 0930

Welcome (click for slides)
Dónal O’Mathúna
Introduction and Context (click for slides)
Abha Saxena

0930 - 1000 Ethics and infectious disease outbreaks (click for slides)
Ross Upshur
1000 - 1030 Scientifically relevant issues in relation to epidemics (click for slides)
Rita Helfand
1030 - 1100 Epidemics: What is relevant for health practitioners/clinical researcher? (click for slides)
Alistair Nichol
1100 - 1130 Coffee break
1130 - 1200 Why is it important to develop ethics guidelines for epidemics?
Jeremy Farrar
1200 - 1230 The Ebola epidemic: Ethics guidance (click for slides)
Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez
1230 - 1300 Interplay of good science and ethics in clinical trials during epidemics (click for slides)
Edward Cox
1300 - 1400 Lunch
Session 2 Chair: Jennifer Gibson
1400 - 1430 Existing guidance on ethical in the public health response to epidemics (click for slides)
Carl Coleman
1430 - 1530 Panel Discussion: Lessons to be learned from EVD. Was EVD really different from other epidemics? What are the new challenges?
Panelists: Fred Hayden, Margaret Fitzgerald, Philippe Calain, Jeremy Farrar, Annick Antierens, Edward Cox
Chair of Panel: Heather Draper
1530 - 1600 Coffee Break
 1600 -1630 Mapping ethics guidance to the type of epidemic
Moderators: Jónína Einarsdóttir & Markus Kirchner
1630 - 1730 Creating a framework for a typology
Moderators: Farhat Moazam and Maria Van Kerkhove
1800 Public Performance: Storytelling and health communication (click to watch via YouTube)
Usifu Jalloh
1830 Public Lecture: Health Research in the context of rapidly emerging public health threats (click to watch lecture via YouTube)
Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust


Day 2 (Tuesday, May 26, 2015):

Session 3 Chair: Ross Upshur
0900 - 0930 Re-cap of day 1
Carl Coleman
0930 - 1030 Should ethics guidance for epidemics differ from that for natural disasters? How would the framework change in an “all hazards” approach?
Open discussion moderated by Dónal O’Mathúna
1030 - 1100 Defining the structure and content of future guidance
Moderators: Aminu Yakubu and Lisa Schwartz
1100 - 1130 Coffee Break
1130 - 1230 Mapping existing guidance within the typology and determining where guidance is lacking.
Small Group work
1230 - 1400 Lunch
Session 4 Chair: Michael Selgelid
1400 - 1500 Report to plenary and discussion
Chair to lead discussion
1500 -1530 Coffee break
1530 - 1630 Next Steps and development of a work-plan and timeline