CUGH Supports the Brocher Declaration that outlines ethical principles and guidelines for short term global health engagements.

Many sectors are involved in short term global health engagements—academia, other educational organizations, faith-based groups, the private sector, NGOs, and governments – in both high income countries where most such programs originate and in the low and middle income countries that host them.

Yet there is very little coordination or regulation governing these activities which can lead to abuses and wasted resources. In an effort to eliminate these problems the Brocher Declaration was created (see below). It outlines principles and guidelines that will help to foster partnerships that are sustainable, ethical and significantly beneficial to the host communities. CUGH supports the declaration. We strongly encourage institutions and organizations involved in overseas global health engagements to sign on to the Declaration.