Where Compassion
Meets Ethics


Our Mission
We are FACE.

The Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE) brings compassion and ethics to the center of global health practice. Compassion inspires and sustains us and ethics guides our deep examination of the work.

Our Vision
Compassion inspires and sustains our work,
while ethics helps us understand what to do and how to do it.

Compassion without ethics may lead to unsustainable or even inappropriate action. Likewise, ethics frameworks can fall short without compassion, which enables us to see a whole person or community, not just the parts relevant to a given intervention. 

Social justice, human rights, and equity, are values that permeate discourse and ideology in global health. Less examined are the micro-level ethics, which require us to constantly question our actions as global health practitioners.

Our Work

Compassion Rounds

A quarterly webinar series, co-hosted with the WHO; we gather to share experiences, challenge ideas, and spark thinking on compassion in global health.

Compassion & the SDGs

Ethics of Public Health Practice

Bringing deep ethical consideration to activities across public health practice through thought leadership, training, and the development of tools and guidance.

Public Health Workforce

Addressing the needs of public health workers to improve support, build resilience, and cultivate compassion through training and programmatic work.

What's New on the Beat

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Translating Science into Action: Measuring and Enhancing Compassion

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Header photo caption: In Nicaragua, community health workers make house calls in their local community to ensure that all members of the community have access to immunizations, especially flu shots. 

Photo 2 courtesy of Alexander Kumar for the Lancet.

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