A call for support
There is a crying need for corrective measures. One such involves the creation of a forum for research and training in ethics. It must permit rational discussion and debate. It must involve academics, policy makers, advocacy organisations and the general public. It must foster the academic disciplines of medical ethics and bioethics, which provide the basis for good practice in healthcare.
An independent journal can provide this space.
Indian Journal of Medical Ethics as a forum for healthcare ethics in India
Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME) was started in 1993 to facilitate discussion among concerned healthcare professionals as well as between these professionals and the general public. It has been sustained for over two decades with limited funds, and over these two decades it has shown that many healthcare professionals are committed to ethics. It also reflects the concern that the general public voices on ethical medical treatment.
IJME has striven to stay independent, both financially and ideologically. It has provided avenue to critical voices while also documenting good medical practices and healthy patient-provider relationships.
IJME has supported joint advocacy by professionals and the general public for humanising healthcare, and integrating human rights principles in the healthcare system. It has promoted serious multi-disciplinary research, the articulation of experiences and opinions and documentation of case studies. IJME's National Bioethics Conferences have brought professionals together to share their experiences and research. Both the journal and the conferences have encouraged well-informed debates, supporting the emergence of healthcare ethics, bioethics and healthcare humanities as closely linked disciplines
A powerful voice for informed debate
IJME has been an influential advocate for good practice, identifying and debating issues critical to healthcare ethics in India. The journal is indexed by the National Library of Medicine (USA) as well as a number of other scholarly databases. Articles in the journal are used for teaching in medical colleges throughout the country.
IJME has had a precarious existence ever since its inception, even as it has steadfastly improved in quality and grown exponentially in reach and influence. It does not accept funding from the healthcare industry, in order to retain independence and credibility in the positions it takes on controversial issues.
IJME has been repeatedly bailed out from financial crises by a few committed individuals and groups. It is time to make it sustainable and stable.
Healthcare professionals as well as the general public have an interest in sustaining this journal.
We request your support for the journal as you are a believer in the need for a strong and unbiased platform for all participants in healthcare. Your contribution will strengthen both the movement and the journal.
All donations must be made in favour of FORUM FOR MEDICAL ETHICS SOCIETY.
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FMES is registered under: (a) Societies Registration Act, 1860; No: Mumbai, 218, 1995, GBBSD; (b) Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950; No-F-17441 (Mumbai), 1995; (c) Income Tax Act, 1961 - 12A; No-TR/31522-1995; (d) Income Tax Act, 1961 - 80G; Order No- DIT(E)/MC/80G/172/2010-11