Short course Health Systems Assessment in Humanitarian Crises 2022

Participants will familiarise with a health systems approach to health care for communities in low/middle-income countries affected by humanitarian crises, through case studies and taught by experts coming from or having lived in low/middle-income countries during or after humanitarian crises.

Information

Period

20 June 2022 - 1 July 2022
2 ECTS credits
50 Distance teaching hours
Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including live sessions two to three times per week.

Language

English

Format

Distance learning

Contact

Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
+41 (0)22 379 56 50
humanitarianstudies(at)unige.ch

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

29 May 2022

Fees:

Total fees: CHF 1’500.-
Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 200.-
There is no available scholarship for this programme.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

• Define concepts related to health systems and the six building blocks of the WHO framework

• Assess the main characteristics of humanitarian health interventions and relate them to health system challenges in various areas: financing, human resources, health information system, governance, service delivery and technology

• Apply the health system assessment guideline tool in order to translate a local situation analysis into concrete humanitarian interventions

Audience

Professional in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop his competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to increase his understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change
Graduate student with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector

The course is specifically intended for policy makers, UN staff, NGO coordinators and health service managers working in low and middle-income countries affected by humanitarian crises or intending to work in this field in the near future.

Programme

  • Introduction to Health Systems, System Thinking, the Role of Governance, and the Health Systems Assessment Tool
  • Health Service Delivery and Quality
  • Health Workforce, Health Technologies, and Health Information Systems
  • Health Systems Financing
  • Presentation of the Health System Assessment using a Real-life case study

Director(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Geneva
The primary purpose of this intensive 5-day course, based on the book published by Professor Blanchet Applied Systems Thinking for Health Systems Research is to familiarise participants with a health systems approach to health care for communities in low and middle countries affected by humanitarian crises, through using practical interactive examples and case studies, and taught by experts who come from or have lived and worked in low and middle income countries during or after humanitarian crises.

This is the only course specifically focused on health system assessment in humanitarian crises and built on the latest available evidence.

Date(s)

21 June 2021
22 June 2021
23 June 2021
24 June 2021
25 June 2021

Location

Geneva

Fee

1500 CHF

Speakers

Karl BLANCHET

Description

Health systems are devised to provide an appropriate response to the health needs of the population, ensuring equitable access and also protecting the population from the consequences of ill health. The challenge is that delivery of health services needs to be implemented whilst ensuring a balance with appropriate utilisation of available resources. When health resources are disproportionately distributed, as is often the case, the result is the weakening or even breakdown of service delivery.

The World Health Organisation (2000) defined six functions, or building blocks of health systems: Leadership and governance, Service delivery, Human resources for health, Medical products, vaccines and technology, Health information system, and Health financing. These building blocks provide a common terminology for discussing key health system functions, and can be used in describing and assessing sectors of health systems, such as health care. Through the progressive introduction of health systems concepts to humanitarian health, there is an increasing need for better understanding of how health systems are affected by and respond to humanitarian crises and function according to each of the key building blocks. This course aims to provide an understanding of synergy between the building blocks for health systems during humanitarian crises and its applicability at local level.

Objectives of the course

The primary purpose of this intensive 5-day course is to familiarise participants with a health systems approach to health care for communities in low and middle countries affected by humanitarian crises, through using practical interactive examples and case studies, and taught by experts who come from or have lived and worked in low and middle income countries during or after humanitarian crises. By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Define concepts related to health systems and the six building blocks of the WHO framework.
  • Assess the main characteristics of humanitarian health interventions (facility-based, outreach, community-based activities, horizontal versus vertical) and relate to it health system challenges in various areas: financing, human resources, health information system, governance, service delivery, and technology.
  • Apply the health system assessment guideline tool in order to translate a local situation analysis into concrete humanitarian interventions.

Structure of the course

  • Introduction to health systems, system thinking, the role of governance, and the Health Systems Assessment tool
  • Health service delivery and quality
  • Health workforce, health technologies, and health information systems
  • Health systems financing
  • Presentation of the Health System Assessment using a real-life case study

Workload

Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:

  • 30 hours of face-to-face teaching through a mixture of interactive lectures, case studies, discussions, and group and individual exercises.
  • 10 hours of self-study time including reading, writing and group interactions

 

 

Admission criteria

Admission requirements:

  1. a university qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  2. at least three years of relevant professional experience
  3. excellent command of English
  4. motivation working in the humanitarian sector

 

Documents required:

  • CV (Résumé)
  • Copy of your highest diploma
  • Work certificate or official document of your current job position
  • Scanned copy of passport

 

More information about the admission process is available on our application page.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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