Ethical Considerations Associated with Closing a Non-communicable Disease Program in a Humanitarian Setting

Keywords: humanitarian emergencies, non-communicable diseases, continuity of care, humanitarian organizations, ethics

Abstract

Managing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in crisis-affected and fragile humanitarian contexts requires special attention because primary health care systems often collapse or become compromised in such settings. As a result, addressing and managing these diseases become more challenging. Humanitarian organizations that intervene in crisis situations are increasingly including NCD management in the services they support and provide; however, they encounter a range of issues such as ensuring the quality of care, sustainability of programs, and the possibility of unintended harms. This case study explores ethical considerations raised by a mobile NCD program run by an international humanitarian organization in a country affected by a protracted civil war.

Published
2022-06-13
How to Cite
[1]
Mohammed Saeed H, Schwartz L, Hunt M. Ethical Considerations Associated with Closing a Non-communicable Disease Program in a Humanitarian Setting. Can. J. Bioeth. 2022;5:132-5. https://doi.org/10.7202/1089793ar.
Section
Case studies