International Conference on Bioethics Opens at SIUT


Karachi April 18: A three day international collaborative conference on bioethics which opened here today (Tuesday) called for enhancing the agenda of bio ethics globally. The conference is jointly organized by the Centre of Bioethics and Culture (CEBEC) of SIUT and their counterpart from Indonesia. Experts from WHO and UNESCO are also taking part in the conference. The prime aim of the conference is to disseminate the concept of bioethics education and the challenges faced in this field.

In his welcome address Professor Adib Rizvi, Director of SIUT highlighted the economic and social disparity which exists between the developed and under developed world.He said massive exploitation of resources and injustices have divided the world in two different zones.

Prof Rizvi pointed out that “80 per cent of the people in under developed are disfranchised and for them both health and education is a luxury”. He said SIUT is the only medical institution in the country which has bioethics centre in its fold for discussing ethical challenges to the world of medical sciences. He greatly lauded the role of CEBEC who is supplementing the clinical activities of SIUT by discussing and projecting the ethical issues of medical world.

Others who spoke at the opening session included Dr Farhat Moazzam Chairperson of the CEBEC, who discussed the challenges of developing Pakistan’s first bioethics centre.

Dr Beth Rivin Professor of Law from the University of Washington, Professor Yati Soearto a Pediatrician from Indonesia, Ms Abha Saxena , Dr Ahmed Mandil both from WHO and Dr Susan Vize Regional Advsor of UNESCO. were other speakers. Dr Amer Jaffery of CEBEC and Dr Shahid Shamin an alumnus of CEBEC  spoke  on education and teaching tools for bioethics.

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