Health in Humanitarian Settings


Health in Humanitarian Settings

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 CPD Accredited 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.

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

Course structure:

Registration will take place from 8.45 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.

If you have any questions about this course or require further information, please contact training@redr.org.uk.

In case of any complaints, please email complaints@redr.org.uk

RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email training@redr.org.uk or phone 0207 840 6000 at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.”



Band A

• Those working for southern national & local NGOs

• Full-time students

Early Bird Fee: £202.00. Standard Fee: £224.00


Band B

• Individuals funding themselves

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

Early Bird Fee: £263.00 Standard Fee: £292.00


Band C

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

Early Bird Fee: £342.00 Standard Fee: £380.00


Band D

• Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations

Early Bird Fee: £445.00 Standard Fee: £494.00


Early Bird tickets (10% Discount) are available until 1 month before the course start date, after which standard fees will apply.

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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.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age for this event is 16.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The nearest service is Vauxhall Station (Victoria line), approximately 5 minutes' walk.  Oval or Kennington Stations (Northern Line) are approximately 10 minutes’ walk. Buses 2 /3 / 36 / 44 / 59 /77 / 88 / 159/ 185 / 196/ 322 / 344 stop nearby.   

What's the refund policy?

-For bookings cancelled two or more weeks before a course, administrative charges will apply. Applicants will be entitled to a refund of 85% of the course fees paid, or if places are available will be offered a transfer of 90% of the course fees paid onto the next instance of the course. 
-For bookings cancelled one to ten working days* before a course begins, 25% of the course fee will be refunded (*during normal UK working days, Monday-Friday and working hours 9am-5pm).
-For bookings cancelled less than 24 hours (working days only) before a course, or after a course has started, no refund will provided. 
-If the applicant chooses to transfer to another course and then cancels their booking a second time, neither a further transfer nor a refund will be offered.
-The refund must be claimed within two months from the cancelled course start date.
-Please note that unfortunately we are only able to cover our local bank charges and not the recipient’s bank charges when we make refunds.
-Refunds may take up to 30 days.

In case of any complaint regarding the service provided by RedR, please contact us at complaints@redr.org.uk. We will respond within one working day (Monday-Friday).

Course Overview

Course Length
2 days
£202.00 - £494.00
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