This 2 weeks residential training programme for health professionals is focused on the analysis of health systems of countries affected by, or recovering from, protracted crises. It is organized jointly with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Merlin and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Protracted crises, mainly those labeled complex emergencies, have a severe impact on health systems, in all their sub-components such as policy development, planning, human resources, financing, management, infrastructure, and support systems. Unreliable and incomplete information hampers sound decision making, while fast evolving conditions increase uncertainty. Health professionals often have limited experience analyzing the major features and distortions of disrupted health systems, whilst learning from successes and failures in health sectors of countries with similar context is difficult, also because lessons that could be relevant are not always well documented. This course focuses on analyzing disrupted health systems using appropriate approaches, reviewing its main components, identifying key weaknesses and discussing policy and strategy options that have been effective in relevant contexts. Work group around country case studies helps participants to apply concepts and approaches to realistic simulations.
The following subjects are reviewed during the course:
• Complex emergencies: trends, challenges and impact
• Humanitarian aid and its politics
• Data and information challenges in crises
• Challenges of complex emergencies to health systems
• Health policies, strategies and plans
• Key components of health systems in a crisis: health financing, the pharmaceutical sector, human resources, management systems etc.
• The recovery process of the health sector
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Use adequate frameworks and approaches for health system analysis in countries in crises and apply lessons learned relevant to the local context
• Assess disrupted health systems’ structure and identify key weaknesses and distortions
• Identify health system adaptation during crises and formulate measures to develop effective strategies and plans
• Present findings of health systems analysis
Complex emergencies: trends, impact and challenges, Conflicts, health status and health systems, Humanitarian aid and its politics, Data and information challenges in crises, Health services delivery in crises. International Humanitarian Law, human rights, conflict and health, Policies, strategies and plans, Main components of health system in crisis, Recovery processes, Case studies