IN GLOBAL HEALTH
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.
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.
Compassion & the SDGs
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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