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Please address correspondence to Rachel Hall-Clifford. Email: rhallclifford@agnesscott.edu

The authors thank Agnes Scott College, the Task Force for Global Health, and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health for their co-sponsorship of the 2018 Workshop on Global Health Fieldwork Ethics.

We extend particular gratitude to Elizabeth Kiss, who as President of Agnes Scott College energetically supported this project and lent her expertise as an ethicist to the workshop.

We also thank Arthur Kleinman, who delivered the 2018 Agnes Scott College O.C. Hubert Public Lecture, “Caregiving: What Distinguishes the Social Medicine Approach to Global Health,” as the inaugural workshop event and provided invaluable insight as a participant in the workshop.

Competing interests: None declared.



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Global Health Fieldwork Ethics: Mapping the Challenges


Journal Title:

Health and Human Rights


Volume 21, Number 1


, Pages 1-5

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At the very heart of global health fieldwork, relationships—real-world connections among people and across institutions—give meaning to the goals and projects of this multidisciplinary field. Those relationships inspire us and compel us to act to reduce health inequalities and promote health and social justice. Yet, in working toward these goals, we must more fully consider the asymmetries embedded in global health practice—imbalances of power, access to resources, and decision making—many of which come to a head in the context of fieldwork.

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© 2019 Hall-Clifford, Addiss, Cook-Deegan, and Lavery.

This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/).

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