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

Thaddeus Metz
University of Pretoria
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
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2017, 2018
DOI 10.1111/dewb.12179
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,731
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Disease Exchange Across the Tropical Atlantic.Philip D. Curtin - 1993 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 15 (3):329 - 356.
The African Ethic of Ubuntu/Botho (Repr.).Thaddeus Metz & Joseph Gaie - 2011 - In Sharlene Swarz & Monica Taylor (eds.), Moral Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Routledge. pp. 7-24.
An African Ethic for Nursing?Sandy Haegert - 2000 - Nursing Ethics 7 (6):492-502.
The Virtues of African Ethics.Thaddeus Metz - 2013 - In Stan van Hooft (ed.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. Acumen Publishing. pp. 276-84.
Etiology in Human and Animal Ethnomedicine.Edward C. Green - 1998 - Agriculture and Human Values 15 (2):127-131.


Added to PP index

Total views
24 ( #461,550 of 2,462,827 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #299,182 of 2,462,827 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes