Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

CASE 4: Ensuring Sustainable and Appropriate Benefits
Matthew DeCamp, Joce Rodriguez , Gene Richardson, Michele Barry, Jeremy Sugarman

Helping provide medical or non-medical (e.g., public health, infrastructure development) benefits frequently motivates short-term service or work experiences abroad. Indeed trainees sometimes see this as the main reason for engaging in short-term work, along with the education and training benefits they receive. Determining what these benefits are, and who receives them, brings up important ethical issues.

In this case we will explore some of these ethical issues and suggest a way trainees can conceptualize the complex idea of "benefits" when engaging in short-term experiences.

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Project funding provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)