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Contributors wanted for online forum

A couple of us at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and beyond are creating an online platform that uses storytelling as a medium of social reform and dialog in health ethics in low and middle-income countries.

We believe that amidst growing inequality in access to medical treatment, malpractice, lack of accountability, loss of human dignity and capricious health policy and practice, a global discourse on the values driving healthcare in the "global south" has become necessary.

Our online forum, which is to launch soon, examines ethical failures, achievements and everything in between. The stories we hope to publish simultaneously probe, heal and offer food for thought without being punitive or judgmental.

Have a story? We are looking for ingenious writers based in a developing country (or with strong ties to one) who can produce first-person (non-fiction) vignettes (150 words or less) that illustrate: an ethical dilemma faced by a person in a health profession (broadly defined) in a developing country, the context, how the person acted and why, and what the aftermath was.

Potential stories of interest could cover a wide range of health issues and come from individuals in hospitals, medical campuses, businesses all along the pharmaceutical supply chain, public health workers, members of NGOs or other public/private health groups, lawyers and lawmakers, and beyond. We also accept narratives and qualitative material that derive from your research and other professional and personal experiences.

While some stories will be squarely entrenched in the "right" or "wrong" ethical camp, we expect the best narratives to straddle the fine line in between. A representative picture or two to accompany your short story would be ideal.

This is an all-volunteer project for the moment (we aren't paying ourselves either); however, we plan to compensate our regular contributors retroactively upon receiving funding.

Should you be interested, feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Send us a brief biography and how you think you can contribute.

Priyanka Agrawal is a doctor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

For more information see here.