GHCR report: Is Compassion Essential for Quality Health Care?

10 September, 2020

We are pleased to share a report from the Global Health Compassion Rounds held on August 3, headlined by Dr. Stephen Trzeciak.

Global Health Compassion Rounds

Gathering a global community to share experiences, challenge ideas, and spark thinking on compassion in global health.


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On August 3, 2020, Dr. Stephen Trzeciak, co-author of Compassionomics, presented his groundbreaking research on the positive impact of compassion in health care.

"Don't take the false choice of an "or." Clinical excellence and compassion yield the best outcomes for patients."

Reflections offered by:

Dr. Andrew Likaka, Director of Quality Management and Digital Health, Ministry of Health and Population, Malawi. Andrew offered reflections on activating compassionate care at the national health system level.

"National-level guidelines are not clear about the role of compassionate care. How do we reinforce the role of compassionate care in practice?"

Dr. Louis Ako-Egbe, MD, MSPH is a District Health Manager in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. Louis provided his perspective about translating national health policies into action at the district level.

"We need a health system with a conscience."

Samia Abdulle is a Community Engagement Consultant based in Clarkston, Georgia - knownn as the 'most diverse square mile in America'. Samia offered reflections about the human dimension of compassion and how that plays out in health equity at the community level.

"We need to advocate against all the systematic injustice that is built into health care access. We need to see the person as a whole."

Many GHCR participants have expressed interest in additional resources on compassion. We are happy to oblige! Please check out the FACE Events page for links to trainings and practice opportunities.

Just Announced! Compassionate Leadership & Resilience Training

The Center for Compassionate Leadership has teamed up with FACE to develop a timely and unique online course for global health professionals. We are excited to share news of this upcoming 8-week training, launching on October 14, 2020.

This training delivers evidence-based tools, techniques, and practices that support leaders, teams, and organizations to thrive in these most challenging times. Registration will open shortly. To receive your notice as soon as application details are released, please click here.

GHCR is hosted by the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE) at the Task Force for Global Health and the Global Learning Laboratory (GLL) at the World Health Organization.

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