Ethics and Best Practice Guidelines for Training Experiences in Global Health

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The Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (WEIGHT) encourages efforts to develop and implement a means of assessing the potential benefits and harms of global health training programs. WEIGHT developed a set of guidelines for institutions, trainees, and sponsors of field-based global health training on ethics and best practices in this setting. With the growing desire of academic global health programs, knowledge and awareness about the ethical issues that may arise on these programs must be addressed. More often than not, global health programs benefit the trainees and the sending institutions the most, however these experiences are sometime problematic and give rise to ethical challenges. These guidelines were informed by the published literature and the experience of WEIGHT members, in efforts to develop and implement a means of assessing the potential benefits and harms of global health training programs.