This module aims to prepare participants to respond to medical humanitarian emergency situations. The module provides you with a practical approach and tools for an humanitarian emergency response. You will explore practical situations faced by MSF in the field. You will be placed in a simulated context based on reality. Over the 12 days face-to-face you will follow all the steps of an emergency. You will go through evaluation of the situation, put in place a surveillance system and work on strategic planning options. Included are the priorities in emergencies, especially vaccination, nutrition and water and sanitation. You will work with epidemiological tools, practice mapping, evaluation of populations and practice rapid surveys (see Syllabus). You will undertake risk assessments in planning your responses, learn how to prepare work meetings with authorities, and how to communicate results and recommendations. Technical and operational experts, working groups members of the MSF movement will be your trainers and discussion colleagues. There are 3 parts: 1 = Preparatory readings and videos (offsite); 2 = Face-to-face teaching, group work, scenarios, etc (onsite, 12 days); 3 = Reading, reflection, discussion and preparation of written assignment (offsite).
Pre-Requisites for the unit include:
Previous knowledge of Basic Epidemiology and knowledge of Measles, Cholera, Nutrition and Water and Sanitation.
Relevant field experience and responsibilities eg: emergency pool member, field coordinator, medical leader, with at least one MSF field experience in an emergency and 18 months in the field.
This module is likely to be of greatest interest to individuals with medical or paramedical background (MD, Nurse, etc) but it may also be of interest to Logisticians and other professionals