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L’utilité de ce genre d’institutions est incontestable. Car le monde moderne est sans cesse confronté à des innovations, médicales ou autres, qui s’appliquent à l’homme ou à son environnement proche. Ce lieu est donc nécessaire pour préparer la matière intellectuelle qui sera ensuite transférée aux citoyens afin que ceux- ci puissent se prononcer quant à la légitimité de ces innovations.


Professeur Axel Kahn, le célèbre généticien français, lors de l’inauguration de la Fondation Brocher


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3 - 4 mai 2022

Ethics and Impact of Short-term Programs in Global HealtH


May 13 Opening Dinner
May 14 -- May 15 Presentations, Working Groups, Development of Action Agenda and Declaration


Brocher Foundation, Hermance Switzerland



The purposes of the symposium are:

        1)  To discuss the ethics and impact of short-term programs in global health, informed by host country scholars, governments and local health leaders.

2) To define appropriate short-term practices and partnershipx, with input from key stakeholders in all major sectors (sending and host organizations).

3) To develop a roadmap to align global guidelines and enforcement efforts, utilizing current guideline and standards.

4) To establish an advocacy declaration regarding appropriate short-term programs, with focus on partnerships and strengthening local healthcare systems.


Dramatic growth of short-term international health activities in non-emergency conditions has evoked both admiration and investment on the one hand and serious critiques with regard to ethical practices, scientific value, and sustainability on the other. This symposium will analyze such programs in the light of new research from host countries regarding the benefits and disadvantages of short-term international health activities. It will seek to translate the findings of this research into guidelines and strategies for alignment and consensus-building among organizations involved, both in sponsoring and hosting countries. The ultimate goal to which this symposium will make a critical contribution would be an internationally recognized code of practice to guide activities in global health towards sustainable and impactful results.

The applicants for this symposium are part of a growing informal coalition of organizations and individuals that have been actively engaged in advocacy and research aiming at enhancing the benefits of short-term global health trips while reducing the hazards. This coalition brings together leading NGOs, faith-based organizations, corporate actors, universities, academic leaders, and host country professionals to advocate for the need for reform and advancement of ethical approaches for effective and appropriate programs.

This project can trace much of its genesis to Brocher Foundation, where Judith Lasker spent three months in residence in 2013. During that time, she wrote the first draft of Hoping to Help; the Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering. The book’s publication in 2016 led to many of the activities and collaborations noted in this proposal.