Title: Responses to Humanitarian Crises from the Global Health Perspective
Keywords: Water
Vulnerable groups (in general)
Health in emergencies
Country: Spain
Institution: Spain - Barcelona Institute for Global Health - University of Barcelona
Course coordinator: Marta Iscla
Date start: 2019-04-01
Date end: 2019-04-09
About duration and dates: 6 working days face to face (in 2 weeks) Classes from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 and 11:30 to 13:30 h, Students are asked to read recommended materials before face-to-face sessions
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:
University of Barcelona
Faculty of Medicine
C/ Casanova, 143
08036 Barcelona, Spain
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
- Hours of tutored work: 4 hours
- Hours of independent study (19h), reading (24 h) and preparing essay on two case study (8 h). Total 51 hours
- Hours of face to face study: 20 hours
Language: English
This advanced course builds up on knowledge and skills developed at core course level. At the end of the course students should be able to:
1) Differentiate the different types of medical humanitarian crises and emergencies related to large-scale displacement and refugees.
2) Apply the fundamental notions of epidemiology to identify emergency thresholds.
3) Apply specific concepts of design, organisation and deployment of medical and relief (camp design, shelter, water hygiene and sanitation) actions to assist IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons) and refugees (from early detection and monitoring, through assessment and implementation).
4) Appraise examples of humanitarian health responses for large-scale IDP’s and refugees.
5) Critically analyse the links between global health and the medical humanitarian response to refugees.
Assessment Procedures:
Students will need to fulfill a minimum of 80% session attendance to be evaluated for the course.

Students in the course will be evaluated individually and group-based using the following assessment tools:

• Case study on Refugee Global Health (middle of the module- homework): the case study is a field example of an assessment carried out in an IDP camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The data obtained from the assessment will serve the students to answer 10 open questions regarding the medical humanitarian situation of the IDP camp. 3 points.
• Final multiple-choice test: 2 h (face-to-face) 2 points
• Participation: 5 points

Student participation will be assessed as follows:
• A grade of 5 or less corresponds to minimum, disruptive, or no participation;
• A grade of 8 corresponds to responding constructively to questions;
• A grade of 10 corresponds to asking perceptive questions and active constructive and educational interaction with colleagues and instructor.

Resit: Students that fail will be given the opportunity to individually develop and present a different case study in one month.
The majority of humanitarian crises imply large-scale health crises. Medical emergency aid is needed to assist people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and those excluded from healthcare. Health assistance must be based on needs, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. This response to humanitarian crisis must also be deployed from a global health perspective, guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality, but also through advocacy for improved medical treatments and protocols.
The design, organisation and deployment of a response can be defined through smart prioritization of action, from early detection and monitoring, through assessment, to the implementation of key medical and relief actions.

The examples of humanitarian health responses to large-scale IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and refugees provide a good framework to understand responses to humanitarian crisis from a global health perspective.

Class sessions:

1. Critical review of Humanitarian Emergencies, the displacement and the place of refuge. The 10 priorities revisited.
2. Humanitarian Crises from a Global Health Perspective: medical ethics, principles of neutrality and impartiality, advocacy for improved practice.
3. Medical and Health Care to refugees and displaced population.
4. Paediatric care to refugees and displaced population.
5. Water Hygiene and Sanitation for refugees and displaced population.
6. Working groups: Water and sanitation.
7. Refugee camps management Part I.
8. Refugee camps management Part II.
9. Working groups: Refugee Camps management.
10. Medical assistance in post- emergency phase.
11. Shelter and Site Planning Part I.
12. Shelter and Site Planning Part II.
13. Final Test. Restitution of Case Study. Feed-back of the entire module.
Face to face sessions:
- 10 sessions of 2 h face-to face (total 20 hours) for lectures and real case studies presentation, analysis and discussion

Working groups:
- 2 sessions of 2 h each of directed work and tutoring (total 4 h):.one on Water & Sanitation and one on Security/Coordination & Management of Refugee camps/IDPs programs.

Homework / Autonomous learning
- Essay on case study to apply knowledge and skills developed in face to face sessions (total 8 hours)
- Rest of time autonomous learning is for readings (24h) and studying (19 hours)
tropEd candidates must accredit an English language level TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent.
Maximum of 35 students per course
Based on CV and motivation letter
480 € plus university taxes
Not available
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in February 2015. This accreditation is valid until February 2020.
Email Address: nuria.casamitjana@isglobal.org
Date Of Record Creation: 2015-03-03 14:56:20 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2015-03-03 21:14:06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2018-11-06 13:59:41 (W3C-DTF)

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