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The cost of care

“Duty of care” is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others. It is the first element that must be established to proceed with an action charging negligence. The claimant must be able to show a duty of care imposed by law which the defendant has breached. In turn, breaching a duty of care may subject an individual to liability. The duty of care may be imposed by operation of law between individuals with no current direct relationship (familial, contractual, or otherwise) but eventually become related in some manner as defined by common law.

Duty of care may be considered a formalization of the social contract, the implicit responsibilities held by individuals towards others within society. It is not a requirement that a duty of care be defined by law, though it will often develop through the jurisprudence of common law.


Three Elements of Duty of Care

The duty of care policy of Raptim consists of 3 elements:

  1. Pre-trip advisories (PTA’s): It informs its travelers upfront about safety and security issues.
  2. Risk alerts: The aid workers are kept up-to-date about incidents in the area.
  3. Monitoring: The aid workers are monitored and tracked by GPS so they can be quickly located in case of an emergency.

Cost of Care

“Cost of care” means that humanitarian travel agencies should provide insurance for aid workers. If they don’t, their premium goes up. If they do include this, they get a discount on the insurance plan. Insurance companies should provide this and are the solution to this often difficult problem regarding insurance for aid workers operating in high-risk areas. Therefore, insurance premiums should be included in the budget. Duty of care costs money, but it should be seen as an investment. It is a cost-effective way of providing proper medical and emergency care and can also reduce the risk of being found negligent which can result in a lot of financial distress and hurt the reputation of a humanitarian organization.

Want to know more about the duty of care of Raptim? Watch the video on our website.