Health in Humanitarian Settings

Date: 27 - 28 Feb 2017
Length: 2 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No


About the course:

The challenges of providing medical assistance and health care in humanitarian contexts are many and complex. Understanding of common presentations, health demographics and treatment options must be combined with an awareness and appreciation of the cultural and contextual factors at play, and the emergency itself. 

This course aims to introduce medical professionals to key considerations for a role or career in the humanitarian sector. The course will discuss humanitarian health architecture and roles and responsibilities between and with key agencies. Through the use of real life case studies and examples, participants will be challenged to consider scenarios and dilemmas, drawing on the humanitarian principles and medical standards.

Examples from the field will be provided by medical personnel recently returned from a humanitarian setting, who can share their direct experience and advice.


Photo credit: UNHCR, H. Caux

What does the course cover?

  • Humanitarian principles and Global Health Cluster priorities
  • Common presentations including TB, HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition, Malaria
  • The disaster cycle and related projects
  • Medical and non-medical roles
  • Cultural and contextual considerations
  • Good practice in working with national staff
  • Returnee presentation and examples from the field
  • Scenarios, dilemmas and lessons learnt in recent emergencies
  • Resilience and coming home

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe medical and non-medical roles in a humanitarian context and the relationships and overlaps with other disciplines
  • Discuss potential impacts and dilemmas associated with humanitarian health responses, in relation to the humanitarian principles and Global Health Cluster priorities
  • Reflect on the potential challenges of working in a humanitarian context and consider the impact of coming home

Who should attend?

This course is designed for medical and health care professionals and medical and health care students who are planning to or thinking about working in humanitarian contexts.The course content assumes some medical and health care knowledge.

Course structure:

Registration will take place from 8.30 am on the first day. Training on the first day will run from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm, and on the second day from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. 

Each day is broken up into four sessions, separated by a lunch break and tea/coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon. The second day of training begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Each day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

Participants will be actively encouraged to take part in classroom discussions, group work and a case study. The trainer will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of humanitarian work.

Day 1

After you have registered on the morning of the first day, the training begins with an introduction to the course, before a consideration of humanitarian principles, stakeholders and health priorities. Before lunch, time will be spent introducing common presentations you are likely to encounter in humanitarian contexts. In the afternoon you will consider the kinds of projects and kinds of roles available to medical and health care professionals in the sector. 

Day 2

In the morning of day two you will consider culture and context and the impct of these on your ability to operate. You will have the opportunity to learn from a peer who has recent experience in a humanitarian context. After lunch you will be presented with scenarios and dilemmas from recent emergencies in order to consider your own motivations and potential challenges. The final session will consider personal resilience and the impact of coming home.


Dan Cooper


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch, and refreshments.  For further information on pricing bands please use the link to the right.


Early Bird Fee

Standard Fee

Band A 

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full-time students



Band B 

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million



Band C 

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million



Band D 

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations



Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme. 

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