Humanitarian Health Ethics is a place to find practical and educational material for humanitarian healthcare workers as well as students and scholars of humanitarian healthcare ethics. The website developed out of empirical research on the ethical dilemmas faced by humanitarian healthcare professionals working in humanitarian crises, disasters or areas of extreme poverty.
Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group
The humanitarian health ethics (hhe) research group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners collaborating together since 2009 with the aim of helping to clarify the ethical issues that are present in humanitarian healthcare practice. Our research benefits humanitarian and military healthcare practitioners, organizational policy makers, aid agencies and recipients of aid.
Our research contributes to ethical guidance for global humanitarian healthcare interventions by providing evidence and resources for ethical practice in contexts of acute emergency and prolonged development. Learn more about our research projects, publications and presentations here.
Here you can find the Humanitarian Health Ethics Analysis Tool (HHEAT), a collection of case studies that can be used with the HHEAT and additional resources to mitigate, prepare for and manage ethical challenges encountered in contexts of humanitarian health care provision.
The Humanitarian Health Ethics Network (HumEthNet) is a multidisciplinary network initiated by the hhe research group in 2012 to foster the global exchange of ideas and to further collaborations with the aim of advancing and generating knowledge to inform ethical practice in humanitarian healthcare.
Here you can find information on HumEthNet and contributions by its members.
Picturing Humanitarian Healthcare is a forum with an interactive blog for dialogue, debate, exchange, and reflection concerning the ethical opportunities and challenges of producing images (video, photography, installations, other) in and of humanitarian healthcare crises.
Every three years ALNAP releases a State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) report that looks back at humanitarian assistance over that time period with a goal of responding to the question: How well is humanitarian assistance performing? Commissioned by ALNAP and authored…
Maternal mortality was once described as the neglected tragedy of global health. Though it was estimated in the 1980s that nearly half a million women died each year from pregnancy and birth related causes – 99% of them in the global south – little attention was paid and little progress was made for many years. Recently, however, the problem of maternal mortality has become somewhat of a cause célèbre attracting the attention of world leaders, billionaire philanthropists, celebrity journalists, and filmmakers.
“Haitian and international responders’ and decision-makers’ perspectives regarding disability and the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake” by Matthew R. Hunt, Ryoa Chung, Evelyne Durocher, and Jean Hugues Henrys.
Background: Following disasters, persons with disabilities (PWD) are especially vulnerable to harm, yet they have commonly been excluded from disaster planning, and their needs have been poorly addressed during disaster relief. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, thousands of individuals experienced acute injuries. Many more individuals with preexisting disabilities experienced heightened vulnerability related to considerations including safety, access to services, and meeting basic needs.
In case you missed it, in late July, Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, beheaded Cecil, a lion living in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Indeed, the poaching of Cecil the lion was unfortunate. But the righteous expressions of moral high ground that accompanied media discussions lay bare some key issues around representations of Africa that warrant further attention. Public shaming of Mr. Palmer focused on outrage over his sense of Western entitlement that led him to disregard Zimbabwean laws to kill “Africa’s most beloved lion”. Ironically, these selective narratives play into the same power dynamics and sense of entitlement that they set out to critique.
A timely event of interest to many HumEthNet members. From Medical Anthropology Switzerland (MAS), a one-day colloquium with providers’ and migrants’ perspectives on the provision of healthcare for [undocumented] migrants. Colloquium event: October 10, 2015 Registration…
Case studies are made available for a variety of training and reflection purposes. They can be used in conjunction with the Humanitarian Health Ethics Analysis Tool (HHEAT) or on their own. Patient Transfer During Period of Heightened Security Threat Setting: A field…