FACE’s Foundational Resources

When the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE) was established in 2018, Director David Addiss sought to build on years of writing and informal work around compassion and ethics in global health, to establish a program that truly brought these elements to the center of global health practice. What follows is a collection of foundational resources, developed before FACE was established and in its early years, exploring themes like compassion, equity, human rights, unintended harm, apology, resilience, and well-being. For more current resources, including publications, tools, guidance, and reports, please visit our projects pages.


Compassion Resources


Journal articles


Catholic Health Association. Episode 3 – Caring for those who suffer. Posted July 10, 2018. 

Selected Presentations

  • Compassion – the Heart of Quality Health Services. WHO Lunchtime Seminar, World Health Organization, Geneva, 25 July 2019.
  • The Necessity of Compassion in Global Health.  Izumi Foundation Partner’s Meeting.  Boston, Massachusetts, June 18, 2019.
  • Compassion, Ethics, and Medical Donation Program Excellence.  MedSurplus Alliance Summit, Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, Georgia, May 14, 2019
  • Compassion: The Foundation of Global Health and Global Health Ethics.  Global Health Residency Scholars Program, Emory University School of Medicine, January 14, 2019


Ethics, Equity, and Human Rights Resources


Journal Articles

  • David G Addiss, Yvonne Kienast, James V Lavery, Ethical dimensions of neglected tropical disease programming, Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 115, Issue 2, February 2021, Pages 190–195, https://doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/traa155
  • Lo NC, Heft-Neal S, Coulibaly JT, Bendavid E, Addiss DG. Global state of inequity in deworming coverage in low-income and middle-income countries: a spatiotemporal study of household health surveys. Lancet Global Health, in press.
  • Addiss DG, Berman J. Elimination of neglected tropical diseases: Catalytic investment, remarkable success, unfinished business. Clin Infect Dis 2019; in press.
  • Hall-Clifford R, Addiss DG, Cook-Deegan R, Lavery JV. Global health fieldwork ethics: Mapping the challenges. Health and Human Rights Journal, 2019; 21:1-5.
  • Addiss DG. Evidence, opportunity, ethics, and the allure of zero leprosy. Lepra Rev 2018; 89:90-101.
  • Amon J, Addiss DG. “Equipping practitioners”: Linking neglected tropical diseases and human rights.  Health Human Rights J. 2018; 5-10.
  • Addiss, DG. Mindfulness, compassion, and the foundations of global health ethics. In: Monteiro LM, Compson J, Musten RF, eds., Practitioner’s guide to ethics and mindfulness-based interventions. New York, NY: Springer 2017; 295-322.

Blog Posts



Walking the Fine Line Between Ethical Practices and Public Health Goals. Task Force for Global Health Newsletter. August 28, 2018.

Selected Presentations

  • Ethical Considerations for Neglected Tropical Diseases Addressed Through Preventive Chemotherapy. Session 123, 67th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, New Orleans, October 31, 2018.
  • Compassion in global health and NTD control. 9th Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network (NNN) meeting, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 25, 2018.
  • Global Health as Social Justice: Unfinished Business. The 17th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Justice Research, Atlanta, Georgia, July 26, 2018.
  • Mass Drug Administration: A Case Study in Global Health Ethics. Global 
  • Health Course, University of Minnesota, May 24, 2018


Unintended Harm & Safety Resources


Journal Articles


Resilience & Well-Being Resources


Journal Articles

Guthrie D, Leonard L, Addiss, DG. The Hilton Prize Coalition Employee Wellbeing Project. Decatur, Georgia: Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International, April 23, 2019. 

The stresses inherent in global health and humanitarian work contribute to burnout, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. To better understand employee wellbeing among the recipients of the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize, The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International collaborated with anthropologist Deirdre Guthrie, at the University of Notre Dame, to conduct a survey and interview CEOs, Human Resource leaders, and front-line staff. Findings indicate that work-related stress is ubiquitous and burnout is not uncommon. The report summarizes project findings and provides resources for employee wellbeing and resilience.

Selected Presentations

  • Burnout and Moral Distress in Global Health. In: Global Health Humanities: Scope of an Emerging Field, Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH) 10th Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 10, 2019.
  • Hospice, Palliative Care, and the “Humanization” of Global Health. Global Partners in Care, Center for Hospice Care, and Hospice Foundation, South Bend, Indiana, February 6, 2019.

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