Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises

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Humanitarian Health Ethics
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Tammam Aloudat
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HHE Research Network blog, 6 November
© Morgana Wingard

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?