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As a result of the increased student interest in global health, learners are increasingly exposed to challenging ethical dilemmas and potentially hazardous situations. These situations require careful preparation and considerable awareness among learners,
supervising faculty, and the host and sponsoring institutions. Several resources related to best practices, safety, and ethics in global health are available, including:
Adhering to established best practices and ensuring the development of competencies in those participating in global health activities can help maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of global health programs.
Trainee safety is an essential element of any global health experience; yet many trainees may not be adequately prepared for their experience. Several organizations have developed pre-trip trainings, including:
A checklist of specific actions that can be taken to develop safety and security plans is also available in the following publication: Improving the safety and security of those engaged in global health traveling abroad (2016; Global Health: Science and Practice).
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