CSU, Chico News

Ethics Forum Will Address Global Public Health

Date: 10-31-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Marcel Daguerre

The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics (CAPE) at California State University, Chico will sponsor “If We Fail to Act: Ethical Challenges to 21st Century Global Public Health” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in PAC 134.

This second forum in CAPE’s fall series on health will address questions of public health in developing countries. “AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis will kill tens of millions of people over the next 20 years. Efforts to combat them are inadequately funded and coordinated,” said Marcel Daguerre, director of CAPE.

“The forum will explore such questions as What are the barriers to establishing effective health care systems? What does it mean to act in relation to these problems? What are the reasons to do so and what may be the consequences if we do not?”

Three panel members with experience and expertise in global health issues include local physician Dr. Eugene Cleek; David Eaton, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology; and Laurie Wermuth, chair of the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Cleek was a surgeon at Enloe Medical Center for 22 years. He recently returned from four years in Cameroon, West Africa, where he was the head of a surgery training program for African doctors. “I taught African doctors the art and science of modern surgery,” said Cleek.

Eaton’s research focuses on health and human ecologies in the Congo, Cameroon, Rwanda and in Kiswahili-speaking east Africa (especially Tanzania and Kenya), and includes research on HIV and AIDS in several of these countries. Among his publications are “Ambivalent Inquiry: Dilemmas of AIDS in the Republic of Congo” (in “Postcolonial Disorders,” eds. Good et al., UC Press, 2007) and “Understanding AIDS in Public Lives” (in “Beyond Epidemiology: HIV and AIDS in Africa,” eds. Kalipeni et al.; Blackwell, 2004).

Wermuth is the author of “Global Inequality and Human Needs: Health and Illness in an Increasingly Unequal World” (Allyn and Bacon, 2003). Her interests include sociological approaches to health differences across social groups and countries. In addition to her book, she co-authored two articles, one with colleague Miriam Monges, “Gender Stratification: A Structural Model for Examining Case Examples of Women in Less Developed Countries,” published in “Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies,” 23(1), and the second with R. Kinney and Tom DiGiovanni, “Doe Mill Neighborhood: Residents Seeking Community and Style,” published in “Practicing Planner, Journal of the American Institute of Certified Planners” (2007).

The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics promotes ethical reflection about issues of concern within and outside the University. For more information on the center, contact the director, Marcel Daguerre, at 530-898-4840.