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.

Image of partial cover of HHEAT Handbook showing title and authors' names


HHEAT is an ethical analysis tool designed to help humanitarian healthcare workers make ethical decisions. This tool can be used in pre-departure training to work through common cases and scenarios, in the field when ethical issues arise, or in debriefing sessions after particularly difficult decisions.

Motor cycle ambulance used to transport patients in rural Burkina Faso


Developed to be used with the HHEAT, cases present brief stories, based on the reflections of healthcare practitioners and students, about ethical challenges experienced in humanitarian healthcare contexts. They spark deliberation about decision-making in ethically challenging situations.


A list of a major humanitarian organizations and their codes of ethics, academic journals and traditional resources of interest.

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