Developing World Bioethics 18 (3):233-240 (2018)

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Thaddeus Metz
University of Pretoria
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Many countries in Africa, and more generally those in the Global South with tropical areas, are plagued by illnesses that the wealthier parts of the world (mainly ‘the West’) neither suffer from nor put systematic effort into preventing, treating or curing. What does an ethic with a recognizably African pedigree entail for the ways various agents ought to respond to such diseases? As many readers will know, a characteristically African ethic prescribes weighty duties to aid on the part of those in a position to do so, and it therefore entails that there should have been much more contribution from the Western, ‘developed’ world. However, what else does it prescribe, say, on the part of sub-Saharan governments and the African Union, and are they in fact doing it? I particularly seek to answer these questions here, by using the 2013-16 Ebola crisis in West Africa to illustrate what should have happened but what by and large did not.
Keywords African ethic   Ebola   identity   neglected tropical diseases   positive duties   solidarity   sub‐Saharan morality
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Reprint years 2017, 2018
DOI 10.1111/dewb.12179
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