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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Dec;83(6):1178-82. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2010.10-0527.

Ethics and best practice guidelines for training experiences in global health.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA. crump017@mc.duke.edu

Abstract

Academic global health programs are growing rapidly in scale and number. Students of many disciplines increasingly desire global health content in their curricula. Global health curricula often include field experiences that involve crossing international and socio-cultural borders. Although global health training experiences offer potential benefits to trainees and to sending institutions, these experiences are sometimes problematic and raise ethical challenges. The Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (WEIGHT) developed a set of guidelines for institutions, trainees, and sponsors of field-based global health training on ethics and best practices in this setting. Because only limited data have been collected within the context of existing global health training, the guidelines were informed by the published literature and the experience of WEIGHT members. The Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training encourages efforts to develop and implement a means of assessing the potential benefits and harms of global health training programs.

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  • Global health training--one way street? [Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011]
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