This paper maps key research questions for humanitarian health ethics: the ethical dimensions of healthcare provision and public health activities during international responses to situations of humanitarian crisis. Development of this research agenda was initiated at the Humanitarian Health Ethics Forum (HHE Forum) convened in Hamilton, Canada in November 2012. The HHE Forum identified priority avenues for advancing policy and practice for ethics in humanitarian health action. The main topic areas examined were: experiences and perceptions of humanitarian health ethics; training and professional development initiatives for humanitarian health ethics; ethics support for humanitarian health workers; impact of policies and project structures on humanitarian health ethics; and theoretical frameworks and ethics lenses. Key research questions for each topic area are presented, as well as proposed strategies for advancing this research agenda. Pursuing the research agenda will help strengthen the ethical foundations of humanitarian health action.
Institution: Dublin City University
Affiliation: Institute of Ethics
Department: School of Nursing & Human Sciences
Hello. I am the Chair of COST Action IS1201: Disaster Bioethics (https://DisasterBioethics.eu). This is an EU-funded network examining the ethical issues in disaster relief and disaster research. My background is in pharmacy and bioethics. I am Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence at the School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland. I'm also chair of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and Chair of the Academy of Fellows at the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, Bannockburn, Illinois, USA.