The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich hosted a course on Humanitarian Health Ethics and an Expert Group Discussion last November 25-26, 2019. The course was organized by alumnus Dr. Caroline Clarinval (World Health Organization (WHO), Health Emergencies Program) and conducted by herself and Dr. Ali Okhowat (WHO/Humanitarian Innovation Fund). PhD students, humanitarian health practitioners from the WHO, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and external participants with an interest in the topic attended the course.
On November 26, during the second day of the course, it took place an expert group discussion on humanitarian ethics. The group comprised the following experts: Prof. Nikola Biller-Andorno (IBME), Dr. Matthew Hunt (McGill University), Dr. Caroline Clarinval (WHO), Dr. Ali Okhowat (WHO) and Dr. Ayesha Ahmad (St. George’s University of London). Among the issues discussed, it was highlighted the need to unite efforts among institutions working in humanitarian health to respond to common challenges, as well as the need of cooperation between academia and practitioners.