Ethics and humanitarian healthcare practice and policy (EHHPP) during acute crisis response in low or middle income countries

Full citation:

  • Schwartz, Lisa, Matthew Hunt, Laurie Elit, Lynda Redwood-Campbell. “Ethics and humanitarian healthcare practice and policy (EHHPP) during acute crisis response in low or middle income countries.” CIHR#258653

With this CIHR-funded study, our goal is to deepen understanding of the ethical challenges arising from aid agency policies and agendas. The first component of the qualitative study will consist of in-depth interviews with expatriate healthcare providers to explore how policies of aid organizations shape ethical issues experienced by clinicians in disaster and conflict settings in low-resource countries.

The second component consists of analyzing the policies of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) directly and interview coordinators, managers and those responsible for developing policies within the humanitarian sector to expand this understanding.  Aid organization representatives have agreed to support this avenue of study as the results of the research could contribute to improved policy development, implementation and evaluation within NGOs.

With the third component of this study we will conduct analysis on data already collected to begin an exploration of how ethical challenges in humanitarian healthcare practice are perceived and experienced by members of the communities that endure acute crises.

For more information on the study, or on how to become a participant, please contact: delaat@mcmaster.ca