Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 2021-01-15T05:18:14+00:00 Professor Shamima Parvin Lasker Open Journal Systems <p>Bangladesh Jounal of Bioethics (BJBio) is the Official Journal of the Bangladesh Bioethics Society. It is a quarterly, doubled–blinded, peer-reviewed, open-access journal. No submission fee, no article processing or publication fee. Each manuscript will be published immediately after acceptance. We do not publish any advertisement. The journal follows the ICMJ recommendations of authorship.</p> <p><strong>Indexed:</strong><a title="DOAJ" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Banglajol;</a>&nbsp;<a title="DOAJ" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> DOAJ;</a>&nbsp; <a title="HINARY" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HINARY</a>; <a href="">IMSEAR (WHO);</a> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research ;</a> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ROAD</a>; <a title="WAME" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">World Association of Medical Journal Editors (WAME);</a><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Directory of Research Journal Indexing (DRJI), India,;</a> <a title="DOAJ" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Web of Science;</a>&nbsp;<a href=";x=2&amp;y=6" target="_blank" rel="noopener">, Switzerland;</a> <a title="DOAJ" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Georgetown University Law Library, USA,&nbsp;</a><a href="">&nbsp;NCBI , </a>NLM ID=101591288&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Member: <a title="WAME" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">World Association of Medical Journal Editors (WAME);</a> <a href=";x=2&amp;y=6" target="_blank" rel="noopener">, Switzerland;</a></p> Editorial 2021-01-15T05:18:14+00:00 Rhyddhi Chakraborty <p>In the past few years, Bioethics, the branch of applied ethics, has been widely established as a discipline, as a value framework, a framework of principles, a tool, as a medium for practical skill development to help individuals understand complex moral, social, legal, environmental issues in medicine, clinical and health research. As a discipline, bioethics invite interdisciplinary deliberation and draws people from all sectors of society to engage in discussion. Bioethics also serves as the potential medium for greater community engagement and participation involving both professionals and non-professionals.</p> <p>With the evolution of the branch, Bioethics education has rapidly developed over the last few decades. It has been extended to be a part of academic curriculum with the purpose to help students develop the critical thinking skills in dealing with complicated ethical issues; to develop the skill of rational argumentation, reasoned responses.</p> <p>The papers in this issue on <strong><em>Bioethics and Educational Institutes</em></strong> emphasize the need and practical implications of incorporation of Bioethics in the academic curriculum across the globe.</p> 2020-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## A survey on the attitude of college students to the privacy right as opposed to the right to know 2020-12-15T13:44:57+00:00 Nader Ghotbi <p>There are times when two essential human rights may appear to be in conflict, or need to be balanced against one another. This paper examines the right of a party, such as officials, a group of people or an individual, to ‘privacy and confidentiality’ when others may have a conflicting ‘right to know’ about them. Although similar conflicts have been studied by other researchers, there is still controversy over the rightful balance in situations driven by new information and communication technologies. I conducted a survey on the attitude of college students to the privacy right versus the right to know using an actual case at the university. First, I asked the students if they believed protecting the privacy of a married teacher who had fathered a child with a student was more important than the right of the school to know. Second, I asked if they believed a child born to a single mother in such a relationship has the right to know about his father, or the single mother has the right to keep that information confidential. Third, I asked the students if they believed in general that the ‘right to privacy and confidentiality’ was more important or the ‘right to know’. This paper reports on the results of this survey on 222 students at an international university in Japan.</p> 2020-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Awareness and Perceptions on Bioethical Issues among Pre-Service Science Teachers 2020-12-15T13:44:50+00:00 Zulkefli Daud Zainab Ari Noorafizah Daud <p>This study aims to investigate the awareness and perception level of bioethical issues among pre-service science teachers at one of the Malaysian Education Institutions. A total of 67 respondents studying science major and science elective were involved. A questionnaire based survey with an alpha Cronbach of approximately 0.93 was used. Data were analysed using SPSS version 22. The results showed that the average awareness and perception level were =4.218±0.758 (very high level) and =3.991±0.923 (high level), respectively. There was a statistically significant difference according to religion and course. Cloning showed the highest awareness level followed by organ donation, genetic modification, stem cells, abortion, gene therapy, gene screening and euthanasia. Overall, the findings indicated that pre-service science teachers were aware of the existence of bioethical issues. However, the authorities may implement bioethical issues more firmly in the future to increase pre-service science teachers’ awareness and perception level.</p> 2020-12-08T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Drug abuse and drug addiction among students of University of Rajshahi 2020-12-15T13:44:47+00:00 Faiqua Tahjiba <p>Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the actual condition of the students of University of Rajshahi (RU) regarding drug abuse and addiction. Using case study method the research was conducted with four objectives: (a) to find out how respondents began drug abuse; (b) to discover the causes of their drug addiction; (c) to understand the process of their drug abuse; and (d) to find out the economic, social and health effects of drug abuse. Methods: Case study method was used in this research. Through snowball sampling 18 drug- addicted students of RU were selected as respondents. In-depth interview with a schedule was used to collect data from the respondents in January 2019. Results: Findings of the study show that the causes of drug addiction included curiosity, frustration, friends’ request, neglect from family and friends etc. The drugs which they usually abused were Yaba, Phensydyle, Ganja (Weed), <em>Chuani</em> etc. Their average monthly expenditure for collecting drugs was in between Taka 8,000-10,000. They collected those drugs from rickshaw pullers at different points within the campus and from Mizaner Mor, Budhpara slum and other places outside the campus. The respondents opined that drugs were available if sufficient money could be spent. The respondents had senior and junior fellow students and local boys as companions while taking drugs. Most of them faced physical problems after taking drugs, and some of them tried to get rid of this curse of drug addiction. Conclusion: The findings of this research show that the rate of drug addiction among the students of RU was quite alarming. Therefore, all stakeholders including the students, guardians, teachers, university authority, the law makers and law enforcing agencies, researchers, civil society, NGO’s and the state must come forward together to combat this formidable foe.</p> 2020-12-08T07:29:44+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Legacies of Love, Peace and Hope: How Bioethics Education can Overcome Hatred and Divide 2021-01-06T14:28:12+00:00 Darryl R.J. Macer <p>In our pursuit of a good life (eubios), both individuals and societies, need to educate themselves on the pursuit of love of life in all domains, self-love, love of others, loving good and love of life.&nbsp; In this paper I reflect on my own journey through growing up in Christchurch, and experiences around the world, that are the basis for that conclusion.&nbsp; In our efforts to pursuit bioethics education we can enhance peaceful and harmonius coexistence in our world, through nurturing good decisions that we should all make.&nbsp;</p> 2020-11-18T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Ethics after Darwin: Completing the Revolution 2021-01-06T17:49:27+00:00 Rainer Ebert <p>This is a big-picture discussion of an important implication of Darwinism for ethics. I argue that there is a misfit between our scientific view of the natural world and the view, still dominant in academic philosophy and wider society alike, that there is a discrete hierarchy of moral status among conscious beings. I will suggest that the clear line of traditional morality – between human beings and other animals – is a remnant of an obsolete moral outlook, not least because it has no counterpart in empirical reality, and I will invite the reader to think, with me, about tenable alternatives.</p> 2020-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Training Programme on Applied Research Methodology and SPSS 2021-01-06T16:07:03+00:00 Shamima Parvin Lasker <p>Bangladesh Bioethics Society in cooperation with National Institute of Neuro Science (NINS), Agargoan, Dhaka is going to organized 60 hours (Two weeks) Training Course on Applied Research Methodology and SPSS on February, 2021 for the Post graduate Medical Students of NINS. The course is designed to familiarize the participants with modern tools, techniques and methodologies of research to develop professional knowledge and skills in the field of Health care system. After completion of the course, participants will be expected to undertake research projects independently and to be able to evaluate the research progress at each stage of the process.</p> <p>This programme is funded by SSRC, Planning Division, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh</p> 2020-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##