Lifting The Burden embraces the values of its partners. In particular, the Campaign adopts the eight values described below as core, undeniable and incontrovertible.
Lifting The Burden ensures that all research and other activities conducted on its behalf or in its name respect persons and human rights and otherwise meet universally accepted ethical standards [reference 1].
Lifting The burden concentrates its activities where they are most needed and where they can best achieve benefit.
Lifting The Burden recognizes that local needs are best known to and prioritized by local people. Their solutions require local determination and must build upon each community's available resources.
Lifting The Burden creates partnership between the headache nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and couples the NGOs' resources with WHO's experience, know-how and contacts in pursuit of worldwide change for good.
Lifting The Burden recognizes that a range of other groups and individuals - academic, professional, lay, governmental and commercial - can through inclusion bring added strength and reach to the Campaign.
Lifting The Burden recognizes that good health care is based on evidence, and that the origins of evidence lie in science and scientific method.
Lifting The Burden sets itself challenging but achievable targets.
Everyone affected by headache and everyone working in the headache field are stakeholders in the Global Campaign.
Lifting The Burden consults widely in setting its priorities, formulating its actions and keeping stakeholders informed of intentions and progress.
Lifting The Burden's accounts are independently examined, and published.
8. Independence from unwanted influence
Lifting The Burden will not be guided or influenced by commercial considerations.
It will not seek or accept funding that creates conflicts of interest or support of any kind from companies dealing in arms, tobacco or alcohol.
- Ethics Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. Ethical issues in headache research and management. Report and recommendations. Cephalalgia 1998; 18: 505-529.