This document provides a survey of the explicit goals, ethical principles, and ethics-related recommendations put forward by a selection of national, sub-national and international pandemic preparedness plans and policies.
Moral theories and concepts draw attention to and encourage debate on the variety of ends, goals, and means that can be adopted in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
This survey provides a concise comparison of several ethical frameworks in order to help us to think about how we might deliberate to justify difficult decisions in the context of an actual public health emergency.
The document considers the following plans, and offers a short summary or key points from each:
The Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector (CPIP) (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006)
Quebec Pandemic Influenza Plan ? Health Mission (Quebec, 2006)
Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic (Ontario, 2008)
Nova Scotia Health System Pandemic Influenza Plan: Ethical Considerations and Decision-Making Framework (Nova Scotia, 2007)
First Nations Public Health: A Framework for Improving the Health of Our People and Our Communities (Assembly of First Nations, 2007)
Ethical considerations in developing a public health response to pandemic influenza (World Health Organization [WHO], 2007)
Getting Through Together: Ethical values for a pandemic (New Zealand, 2007)
Responding to pandemic influenza: The ethical framework for policy and planning (United Kingdom, 2007)
Ethical Guidelines in Pandemic Influenza (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007
California Department of Health Services (CDHS) Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan (California, 2006)
New Mexico Pandemic Influenza Operational Plan (NM PIOP) (New Mexico, 2008)
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Pandemic Influenza Plan (Minnesota, 2006)
National plan for the prevention and control ?Influenza pandemic? (France, 2007)
Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI) (Australia, 2008)
Swiss Influenza Pandemic Plan (Switzerland, 2009)