Pontifical Academy for Life annual general assembly:” Public Health in Global Perspective: Pandemic, Bioethics, Future”

Partcipation of Dr. Mounir Farag, founder of Saint Joseph Institue for Family Life and Bioethics (SJI), and Dr. Sandra Azab researcher at SJI institute, at the Pontifical Academy for Life annual general assembly that took place from September 27th to 29th at Vatican city.

The theme of the Workshop is ” Public Health in Global Perspective: Pandemic, Bioethics, Future”. the Workshop intended to offer a reflection on certain ethical values that proved crucial in this circumstance, but also analysis of the challenges posed by a necessary ethical, medical and ecological conversion. The aim is to give an original contribution to the important debate on public health and the problems that this health emergency has highlighted. To make sense of what has happened and not to lose lessons learned from the crisis.

Pope Francis inaugurated the assembly by giving his speech to the members highlighting the importance of listening to the cries of the most vulnerable during pandemic COVID-19.

The members discussed the pandemic aspects from a medical, bioethical, philosophical and socio-economical perspective. The speakers also discussed the global aspects related to the pandemic like: Scientific Research, Market and economy, Freedom and common good, Zoonosis. The workshop included five working groups to give a space for small group discussions which ended up by recommendations made by each groupa and presented at the end of the Workshop.

Dr. Farag was in charge of the moderation of ” Public Health Dimensions” session on day 2.

At the end of the workshop, Sandra presented the most important questions suggested by the group of young researchers, to be addressed by the academy for future topics.