- Aid when there is “nothing left to offer”: A study of ethics & palliative care during international humanitarian action
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.
Learn more about the Humanitarian health Ethics Network, or HumEthNet here.
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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.
Follow this link to the blog authored by Sekou Kouyate on the opportunities and challenges of becoming an anthropologist and a qualitative researcher in post-Ebola Guinea. Kouyate is the research assistant and coordinator for HHERG’s two R2HC funded studies in…
Though ethicists have examined the ethics of humanitarian priority-setting–including around the initiation of humanitarian projects–to our knowledge, none have undertaken a focused examination of the ethics of closing humanitarian projects.
Reflections, Vol. 6 No. 1, Spring 2018:
Theme: Moral dimensions of paediatric healthcare in humanitarian crises
The film shows archival footage of Farmer, Jim Yong Kim and others testifying before global health experts who make offensive statements implying that poor people in Africa are ignorant and not deserving of quality healthcare. In the film, Farmer argues that “optimism is a moral choice” and that we cannot be satisfied with mediocrity.
There are innumerable ethical challenges and pitfalls … If a family chooses to leave the hospital during the night even though the child will die without medical treatment, there is often nothing the medical team can do.
In Focus: Member Profile ___________________________________________ Joan Marston is based in South Africa and comes from a background in Nursing and Social Science. She is the Global Ambassador of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) having served as its Chief Executive. She was one…
…this generation might be considered a lost one; less likely to contribute much economically, risking instead to become a burden for the country in which they live.
Take some time to read about some of the work we have been up to in 2017: Is there space for palliative care in humanitarian action? From Eh to Z(ambia): Reflection on a Canadian’s first time in the field Obstacles…