Core Values

Lifting The Burden and the Global Campaign adopt the eight values described below as core, undeniable and incontrovertible.


1. Ethical conduct

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].

2. Efficiency coupled with equity

Lifting The burden concentrates its activities where they are most needed and where they can best achieve benefit.

3. Local needs and local ownership

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.

4. Strength in partnership

Lifting The Burden recognizes that a wide range of groups and individuals – academic, professional, lay, governmental and commercial – can through inclusion bring added strength and reach to the Campaign.

Lifting The Burden creates partnerships, coupling resources with experience, know-how and contacts in pursuit of its objectives.

5. Respect for science

Lifting The Burden recognizes that good health care is based on evidence, and that the origins of evidence lie in science and scientific method.

6. Ambition coupled with realism

Lifting The Burden sets itself challenging but achievable targets.

7. Openness and accountability

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.


  1. Ethics Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. Ethical issues in headache research and management. Report and recommendations. Cephalalgia 1998; 18: 505-529.




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