Tunisian Women Doctors Leading the Struggle Against COVID-19: Hope for the Rise of a New Ethical Culture   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Document: "[T]he context of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has provided an opportunity for a number of Tunisian women doctors, caregivers and psychologists to gain visibility and sometimes even fame. These women are found across the spectrum of the Tunisian medical establishment from doctors, frontline staff, to researchers and bureau chiefs in the Ministry of Health. This essay presents a number of cases of women who emerged during this critical time. Beginning with a brief discussion of the history of Tunisian women in medicine, we will then turn to how the country has reacted and dealt with the pandemic and its economic and social consequences. From that discussion we will address several cases of specific women doctors and psychologists whose elevated public positions have made them well known figures in Tunisia's confrontation with the crisis. Finally, the emergence of these women as public leaders conducting an objective and deliberate response to the problem suggest the development of a new scientific and ethical culture following the long period of democratic transition ongoing since January 2011."

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Occasional Paper Series No. 36
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