Do No Harm framework

The presence of violence in this story keeps the health team from serving their population. It is common for healthcare workers to be called to manage complex situations beyond the walls of their clinic or hospital.

In the previous step we asked you to choose between Nurse Ann and Nurse Aisha’s positions. Now we would like to also consider the “dividers” or “connectors” in this conflict. Think about the groups’ relationships, shared history, activities, services, social and political life, language, religions, and symbols. This may help you find new ways to respond.

Look through the Do No Harm framework, focusing on pages 3 to 5. This document was developed by humanitarian aid workers who found themselves in similar, tricky situations as those faced by Dr Samoe and his team.

There are seven steps in the Do No Harm framework:

  1. Understand the context of conflict
  2. Analyse dividers and sources of tension
  3. Analyse connectors and local capacities for peace
  4. Analyse the humanitarian assistance program
  5. Analyse the program’s impact on the conflict through resource transfers and implicit ethical messages
  6. Generate programming options
  7. Test the options and redesign the program

Once you have read through and understood this framework, use the general discussion area below to post your thoughts.

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Global Health, Conflict and Violence

University of Bergen