Model: Case 1 and timing of Medical Peace Work

Week 1 wrap up

We hope that Dr Samoe’s story has helped you understand the principles of medical peace work.

International Humanitarian Law and the Do No Harm framework are designed to safeguard population health during armed conflict. As a tool for positive action, the Do No Harm framework helps health and humanitarian workers understand the “dividers” and “connectors” in a population. And it shows how assistance programs can shape and modify a conflict in a negative way. The framework helps identify options for action as the circumstances of the conflict change. Primum non nocere! (First, do no harm).

After completing this week, you should now be able to:

  1. Understand the challenges faced by health workers during violent conflict, especially the need to maintain impartiality.
  2. Describe the tension between medical ethics and security priorities during violent conflict.
  3. Understand and advocate for the upholding of International Humanitarian Law.
  4. Apply the seven steps of the Do No Harm framework to different conflict situations.

If you have any lingering questions or doubts, please post them here. Your instructors and fellow participants are happy to engage in further discussion about them.

Next week we move to a story of a different manifestation of violence, as we try to understand how to Do No Harm in the event of a nuclear explosion.

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Global Health, Conflict and Violence

University of Bergen