Media Watch 513

Of special interest in the current issue of the weekly report:


Aid – When there is “nothing left to offer”: A survey and qualitative study of ethics and palliative care during international humanitarian emergencies

PREHOSPITAL & DISASTER MEDICINE | Online – 20 April 2017 – There is a lack of evidence clarifying ethical and practical possibilities and consequences of humanitarian organizations, addressing or failing to address patients’ palliative needs. This study sought to inform realistic, context-sensitive guidance, education, and practice for the provision of palliative care (PC) during humanitarian emergencies. Beginning with a survey of international aid organizations, the authors aimed to identify a baseline of current PC provisions for clinical and psycho-social care in humanitarian action. Survey results and preliminary analysis of interviews is shared. Responses cover: 1) Preparedness to deliver PC in humanitarian emergencies (e.g., disasters, conflict areas, epidemics); 2) Resources currently available to support the delivery of PC in humanitarian contexts; and, 3) Ideas/concerns related to integration of PC into humanitarian healthcare. PC is an area of growing global concern. It is increasingly recognized as necessary, yet simultaneously seen as outside the realm of possibility, particularly in humanitarian settings, where care in life-threatening conditions may be logistically and ethically challenging.