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Designed for humanitarian health professionals, this toolkit aims to prepare you for the problems you might face. We strongly recommend familiarising yourself with it before you are deployed.
Humanitarian action seeks to prevent or alleviate human suffering arising out of disaster or conflict. It is driven by the belief that all people have equal value and those in need have a right to assistance.
‘Medical ethics in times of armed conflict is identical to medical ethics in times of peace,’ states the World Medical Association (WMA). There are no exceptions.
Doctors must practise medicine impartially, without regard for factors such as a patient’s nationality, class, ethnicity, religion, gender or political belief.
We pinpoint ten areas of ethical concern for doctors working in conflicts and emergencies, which you can read more about in detail.
We've compiled a short list of websites which doctors can visit if they need more advice about working in conflicts and emergencies.
Medical ethics in times of armed conflict is identical to medical ethics in times of peace. Read more.
Duties of physicians working in armed conflict and other situations of violence.
This guidance is designed to help you identify and work constructively with the ethical problems you may face. Guidance of this kind can never be exhaustive.