Short course Chronic Diseases in Humanitarian Contexts 2020

This thematic short course is a full-time executive training, which focuses on the particular challenges presented by chronic diseases in emergencies, as well as the design of adapted and comprehensive projects to address chronic diseases.



4 May 2020 - 8 May 2020
2 ECTS credits
40 Teaching hours
1 week






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Registration deadline

20 April 2020


Total fees: CHF 1’500.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 200.-

There are no available scholarship for this programme.


  • Explain the concept of chronicity and identify the main chronic diseases, with a particular focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
  • Identify and assess the extent of NCDs in a specific context
  • Conceive a programme to address the needs of people with NCDs during a humanitarian emergency


Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action and understand how to transfer his acquired competencies in that sector


  • Chronic Diseases: Issues and Challenges
  • Non-communicable Chronic Diseases in Emergencies
  • Assessing the Needs, Setting Priorities
  • Designing an NCD Programme Integrated within Existing Health Programme/System
  • Models of Care for NCDs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of NCD


Prof. Doris SCHOPPER, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva


This one-week short course provides mid-level and senior managers with the knowledge and skills required 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. Humanitarian staff are often confronted with chronic diseases, particularly when crises hit populations from middle-income countries and in urban settings. However, as programmatic responses are relatively recent, there is a lack of trained and experienced staff. To fill this gap, CERAH offers a one-week intensive course on chronic diseases in humanitarian contexts. This course is developed jointly with MSF, WHO, ICRC and UNHCR.

Admission criteria

  • Capacity of critical, reflective and strategic thinking and analysis.
  • Be fluent or have a very good level in English. A proof such a TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS Certificate or other certificate is required.

Number of participants

Le nombre de participants est adapté à la pédagogie choisie.

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