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The Ethics of Educational Healthcare Placements in Low and Middle Income Countries

First Do No Harm?

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Carves a new path in the debate on the efficiency of student involvement in low-resource countries

  • Sets out the original research of experts in the field who have personally supervised volunteer deployment in Africa

  • Offers a blueprint for developing more ethical elective placements to both educators and students themselves

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Why Ethical Educational Placements?

    • Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. The Ethical Educational Placement Project

    • Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers
    Pages 15-45Open Access
  4. Student Learning on Ethical Educational Placements

    • Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers
    Pages 47-82Open Access
  5. Ethical Placements? Under What Conditions Can Educational Placements Support Sustainable Development?

    • Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers
    Pages 83-116Open Access
  6. Managing Reciprocity: No Harm Approaches to International Educational Placements

    • Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers
    Pages 117-130Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 131-158

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.



This book examines the current state of elective placements of medical undergraduate students in developing countries and their impact on health care education at home. Drawing from a recent case study of volunteer deployment in Uganda, the authors provide an in-depth evaluation of the impacts on the students themselves and the learning outcomes associated with placements in low resource settings, as well as the impacts that these forms of student mobility have on the host settings. In addition to reviewing the existing literature on elective placements, the authors outline a potential model for the future development of ethical elective placements. As the book concurs with an increasing international demand for elective placements, it will be of immediate interest to universities, intermediary organizations, students as consumers, and hosting organisations in low-resource settings.

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Salford , Salford, United Kingdom

    Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers

About the authors

Anya Ahmed is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Salford, UK. 


James Ackers-Johnson is Project manager at the University of Salford, UK. 


Helen Louise Ackers is Chair in Global Social Justice at the University of Salford, UK. 





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