Title: Chronic Diseases and the humanitarian response
Keywords: Non-communicable diseases (in general)
Health in emergencies
Health Policy (incl. advocacy)
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Geneva Centre for education and research in humanitarian action
About duration and dates: One week with five days in class, pre-readings and a reflexive essay post-course
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: CERAH - 22, rue Rothschild, 1202 Geneva Switzerland
ECTS credit points: 2 ECTS credits
SIT: 60 hours SIT

Contact: 38 hours (32h lectures and 6h group work)
Self-study: 10 hours (pre-reading assignment, syllabus)
Assessment: 12 hours (written assignment in class 3h+ reflexive essay submitted after the course 10h)
Language: English
Overall learning objective:
At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand the particular challenges presented by chronic diseases in emergency and/or unstable settings and to conceive a programme to address chronic diseases adapted to specific contexts and as an integral part of health programmes.

Specific learning objectives:
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
• Compare and prioritize the most important non-communicable diseases (NCDs) encountered in humanitarian contexts
• Formulate the building blocks of a programme to address the needs of people with NCDs during a humanitarian emergency
• Analyse traditional and novel care approaches to NCDs based on lessons learned from HIV/AIDS
• Design a strategy addressing NCDs in humanitarian contexts based on a needs assessment
Assessment Procedures:
The student is required to attend at least 80% of the face to face sessions.

The final mark is based on three assessments:
1) Active participation during class 20% is noted by the course director (check list) in terms of engagement during group work; active presence and interest in the class dynamic; positive attitude; relevance of contributions; clear positioning based on personal experience and readings; accurate arguments.
2) Written assignment in class 50%: this is a closed-book exam in class. Students answer three questions leading to the design of a strategy for addressing chronic diseases in humanitarian settings. Grading is based on integrating elements learned throughout the week; accurate knowledge of the subject matter; good understanding of main elements of a strategy for NCD in humanitarian settings; good structuring of thoughts; clear presentation (6-7 handwritten pages).
3) Essay 30%: 3-page reflexive analysis on the participant’s learning and what s/he will apply/change in his/her practice as a result of the course.

Students receive feedback on the two written assessments with a mark and detailed comments, as these are considered part of their learning experience.

The student is granted credits provided that a rate of 4/6 is reached in the overall rating.

A resit session is organized for students who do not reach the overall average of 4/6 to improve insufficient marks either for the written assignment or the essay, or both if needed.
Lesson 1. Chronic diseases and humanitarian crises: issues and challenges
Lesson 2. Non-communicable chronic diseases in emergencies
Lesson 3. Assessing the needs, setting priorities
Lesson 4. Designing an NCD programme – minimal requirements
Lesson 5. Testing new approaches for care delivery: the example of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis
Lesson 6. Models of care for NCDs in humanitarian settings
Lesson 7. Integrating NCD programme within existing health programme/system
Lesson 8. How to address screening and prevention?
Lesson 9. Developing a strategy for NCD in humanitarian contexts
Lesson 10. Refugee health programmes: the model of NCD care of UNHCR
Lesson 11. Monitoring and evaluation of NCD programmes
Lesson 12. Weaving it all together: main concepts, main lessons learned

This course is developed jointly with MSF, WHO, ICRC and UNHCR. Programmatic responses to NCDs in humanitarian contexts are very recent and are continuously informed by new research and evaluations. Involving the four main organisations driving this agenda ensures that the course content reflects new evidence and latest developments.
The learning methods include
• Interactive lectures with plenary discussions
• Case studies
• Group work with peer sharing and presentations
• Individual learning log book with plan of action
• Recap session every morning
• Self-study: readings, final paper
- Hold a university master’s, university bachelor’s degree or master’s from a University of Applied Sciences or an equivalent qualification and be able to provide evidence of a minimum of two years’ professional experience
- Or hold a university baccalaureate, university bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s from a University of Applied Sciences or an equivalent qualification and have five years’ professional experience
- and have an adequate knowledge of English, i.e. Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English, or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying at university level in English, must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.
Recognised tests Required score
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Internet-test 100
Paper-test 600
Computer-based test 250
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)7.0
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
(Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) A-B-C
CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)
(Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge) AB

More specifically for this course:
• Humanitarian programme/project managers overseeing health programmes
• Health professionals wishing to join the humanitarian sector.
incl. max.24 students; max. number of 8 tropEd students
- Students who are already registered with TropEd should apply on the CERAH platform (http://www.cerahgeneve.ch/training/certificates/health-of-populations-affected-by-humanitarian-emergencies/ and then go to Apply now.
In case of questions please directly contact: admincerah@unige.ch
-The Selection Committee examines the application.
Admission is based on the overall quality of the application, including academic achievement, relevance of previous work experience, personal motivations, professional perspectives and English language skills.

The Selection committee aims to reach a balance between the number of men and women, educational profiles and professional experience and geographical distribution. A specific attention is given to the candidate’s personal statement.

The decision is communicated to the student within 2 weeks.
CHF = 1’500 CHF (20% discount applicable for TropEd students = 1’200 CHF)
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in June 2018. This accreditation is valid until June 2023.
Three courses offered by TropEd could be complementary to the CERAH course:
- Control Strategies for Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
- Disease Control: Strategies and Policies
- Surveillance to measure the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
This course focuses more specifically on programmatic issues in humanitarian contexts. The teaching is rooted in current humanitarian practices, first of all because most of the speakers are current humanitarian practitioners, either Geneva-based or field-based, and secondly humanitarian field examples of current crises are used to illustrate lectures or group work.
Email Address: admincerah@unige.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2018-06-21 13:01:28 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2018-06-21 17:18:54 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-21 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2019-12-17 09:20:27 (W3C-DTF)

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