13 - 15 mai 2020
Ethics and Impact of Short-term Programs in Global HealtH
- Lasker Judith
- Donkor Peter
- Benzian Habib, New York University, College of Dentistry, Assoc. Director Global Health & Policy, WHO Collaborating Center
Dramatic growth of short-term international health activities in non-emergency conditions has evoked both admiration and investment on the one hand and serious critiques with regard to ethical practices, scientific value, and sustainability on the other. This symposium will analyze such programs in the light of new research from host countries regarding the benefits and disadvantages of short-term international health activities. It will seek to translate the findings of this research into guidelines and strategies for alignment and consensus-building among organizations involved, both in sponsoring and hosting countries. The ultimate goal to which this symposium will make a critical contribution would be an internationally recognized code of practice to guide activities in global health towards sustainable and impactful results.
The applicants for this symposium are part of a growing informal coalition of organizations and individuals that have been actively engaged in advocacy and research aiming at enhancing the benefits of short-term global health trips while reducing the hazards. This coalition brings together leading NGOs, faith-based organizations, corporate actors, universities, academic leaders, and host country professionals to advocate for the need for reform and advancement of ethical approaches for effective and appropriate programs.
This project can trace much of its genesis to Brocher Foundation, where Judith Lasker spent three months in residence in 2013. During that time, she wrote the first draft of Hoping to Help; the Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering. The book’s publication in 2016 led to many of the activities and collaborations noted in this proposal.