The Ethics for Health Systems TWG explores the ethical issues that arise in relation to health systems research in low- and middle-income countries and how they should be addressed.

If you would like to find out more about the Ethics for Health Systems TWG, the activities we will be involved in at the Symposium, or engage in this important area of research, why not visit us at the HSG stall in the Marketplace, follow #bioethics and #ethics on Twitter, and join us at one of the exciting sessions listed below.

Official TWG Sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Organized session The ethics of health systems research priority-setting The session’s goal is to foment critical thinking on the ethics of health systems research priority-setting. Its specific objectives are to: 1) investigate the relationship between different levels – global, national, local – of priority-setting for health systems research and 2) explore what might be ethically required for priority-setting at those levels and how it relates to current practice. Wednesday, November 16, 11:00-12:30 Room 18
Business meeting Friday, November 18, 12:15 – 13:15 Room 11


TWG Member Sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Oral session Ethics and equity in health systems research collaborations and conduct This session brings together innovative presentations that develop new concepts and approaches for incorporating ethical values and human rights considerations into health system operations (e.g. service delivery, governance, monitoring and evaluation). Presentations in this session rely on a range of methodologies, including applied philosophy, photovoice, focus groups, interviews and surveys, to develop these approaches, and draw on diverse experiences such as those of community health workers in Uganda and local government and civil society in India. Friday 18th November

10:30 – 12:00

Room 9
Oral session Integrating ethical values and human rights concerns into health systems operations This session brings together multiple cutting edge presentations on the ethics of health systems research, applying the specific lenses of gender, power, and health justice to the topic. The ethical guidance in this session draws from political philosophy, the outputs of dialogue based methods and multiple case studies from the African context. Friday 18th November

13:30 – 15:00

Room 9