This 10 day 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 resource development, 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 income and context is difficult, also because lessons that could be relevant to different contexts are not always well documented. This course focuses on analyzing disrupted health systems, using appropriate tools, reviewing its main components, analyzing the agenda of key actors and coming to adequate health sector strategies and plans. The course takes a critical look at humanitarian aid, its politics and analyses case studies to develop recommendations.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
· Use adequate tools for health system analysis in countries in crises and adapt strategies relevant to the local context
· Assess a disrupted health system’s structure and features
· Identify health system adaptation during crises and formulate measures to develop effective strategies and plans
· Distinguish key health sector actors agendas and propose a plan of action to influence decision making
· 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