Principal Investigator: Leonard Rubenstein, Johns Hopkins
The study aimed to investigate the nature of ethical challenges experienced by humanitarian health organisations in Syria, where there is significant violence directed at civilians and especially towards health care providers/services.
The research sought to provide processes and mechanisms, as well as practical tools, to guide humanitarian health organisations through complex ethical challenges facing them in these settings. For example, when a hospital is attacked and cannot continue operations, is it better to rebuild at the same location or move to a safer one farther away—even when doing so may hinder access to health care for some individuals and communities?
The study conducted a literature review. This was followed by key informant interviews with organisation managers and front-line health workers holding a range of clinical and management positions within health organisations working in Syria.
The research investigated the challenges they had experienced in delivering health services in Syria, how the challenges affected their work, and the approaches they take to resolve them.
The researchers then conducted in-depth interviews with front-line health workers to learn of the challenges they face and how they sought to resolve them, Inter-organisational workshops were held to share initial findings and pilot test the ethical framework
Get an overview of this research study and its findings in this research snapshot.
The team give an overview of their research study and outline the recommendations they have for humanitarian organisations working in settings of extreme violence.View
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