Global Health at the Crossroads: The Ethics of Humanitarian Aid

Friday, July 26, 2024 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, Building 2
600 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States

Join us to explore the ethical considerations and best practices in providing humanitarian aid in global health context, including issues related to access, allocation and distribution of resources. This event is free to attend and is sponsored by a grant from the Agnes Helms Haury Charitable Trust.


  • Foster interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration between health care providers, policymakers, academics and community leaders to address complex ethical dilemmas global health — such as cultural sensitivity, autonomy and informed consent.
  • Facilitate the development of evidence-based guidelines and policies that promote ethical humanitarian aid practices, considering diverse perspectives and experiences of stakeholders from different regions and backgrounds.
  • Raise public awareness and engagement and ethical issues in global health, including the responsibilities of donors, aid organizations and governments in ensuring that humanitarian aid is provided in an ethical and sustainable manner.


  • 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.: Registration.
  • 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.: The State of Global Health – Challenges and Triumphs with David Beyda, MD.
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Ethics in the Trenches – Stories from the Field with Lisa McClellan, MD.
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Break with snacks and refreshments.
  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.: Providing Medical Care with Limited Resources with Kris Vijay, MD, MS.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Networking and catered lunch.
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.: Technology in Global Health with Ali Al Yaqoobi, MD.
  • 1:50 – 2:50 p.m.: Intersecting Voices – Health Ministries and NGOs in Dialogue with Jim Lindgren, MD.
  • 2:50 – 3:30 p.m.: Break with snacks and refreshments.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Creating Ethical Frameworks for Humanitarian Aid facilitated by medical students from the college.
  • 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.: Medical Students' posters and projects.
  • 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.: Evening keynote, Decolonization of Global Health, with Jason Beste, MD.
    • There will be a catered dinner during the keynote.
  • 6:15 – 6:30 p.m.: Closing remarks, Ethics into Action – Next Steps, with Dr. Beyda.

For questions about the event, please contact Jodi Chandler, academic programs officer, Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism.