Ethics in short-term medical volunteerism
“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth – these are
one and the same fight.” - Ban Ki-Moon
Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of medical students and
clinicians undertaking humanitarian aid trips to rural and remote communities in order to
provide basic medical access and support to vulnerable communities. For the longest time,
medical volunteerism has been focused on developing countries with the aim of providing
health access in areas of limited resources to improve health and social outcomes.