Thema : Ethik und Legitimität

Silent wounds: Moralische Herausforderungen der humanitären Arbeit verstehen

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2020 machte die Covid-19-Pandemie einige der vielen Herausforderungen im humanitären Sektor auch für die breite Öffentlichkeit sichtbar. Auf einmal wurden Todesraten, Engpässe bei der medizinischen Versorgung sowie heikle Entscheidungen in Situationen mit begrenzten Ressourcen weltweit thematisiert und diskutiert. Kaum zur Sprache kam hingegen, dass solche schwierigen Entscheidungen nicht ohne Konsequenzen blieben für diejenigen, die sie fällen und deren direkten Auswirkungen mitansehen mussten.

Humanitarian ethics in Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: Discussing dilemmas and mitigating moral distress

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As a humanitarian medical organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) intervenes in places around the world affected by conflict and crisis. Although we are guided by humanitarian principles, our medical teams are often confronted with complicated dilemmas. In a chapter from a new book called Humanitarian Action and Ethics (Zed Books), current and former MSF field workers consider some of the ethical challenges that form an inevitable part of MSF's medical humanitarian action, and how the organization can better enable our staff and front-line field workers to address them.

Response to 'On Complicity and Compromise by Chiara Lepora and Robert Goodin

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Chiara Lepora and Robert Goodin invite us to join their insightful ‘conversation’ on complicity and compromise. Their book makes a dense, utterly precise and rewarding reading, as one proceeds stepwise through the logic of their philosophical arguments. For those unfamiliar with the relatively new discipline of ‘humanitarian ethics’, it might be disconcerting at first to see humanitarian actions brought to illustrate theories on complicity, with the Rwandan refugees crisis of 1994 and the tortured patient taken as two exemplary cases.

Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises

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Medical humanitarian organizations don’t generally deal well with death. This may come as a surprise, since it’s a sombre reality of this line of work that frontline staff are often witness to death and dying. Contrary to the humanitarian’s general propensity for self-aggrandizement, it’s not always possible to save lives. So what then of the oft-cited dual imperative to alleviate suffering and preserve dignity?

The Ebola clinical trials: a precedent for research ethics in disasters

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The West African Ebola epidemic has set in motion a collective endeavour to conduct accelerated clinical trials, testing unproven but potentially lifesaving interventions in the course of a major public health crisis. This unprecedented effort was supported by the recommendations of an ad hoc ethics panel convened in August 2014 by the WHO.