Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

CASE 6: Recognizing Burdens
Matthew DeCamp, Joce Rodriguez , Gene Richardson, Michele Barry, Jeremy Sugarman

While sometimes overlooked when compared to the costs incurred by sending institutions (e.g., time, financial support, personnel), short-term global health training experience can create costs or burdens for host institutions. This case will help trainees, sending and host institutions, and sponsors of these training experiences learn to identify some of these potential burdens, and where possible, develop strategies to minimize them.

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This case adapted from Provenzano AM, Graber LK, Elansary M, Khoshnood K, Rastegar A, Barry M. Short-term global health research projects by US medical students: ethical challenges for partnerships. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Aug;83(2):211-4.

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Project funding provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)