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The Center for Refugee and Disaster Relief


HELP Course:  Objectives

Skill building

The aim of the HELP course is to equip participants with the basic skills and competencies to enable them to respond to the public health needs of populations in emergency situations. These include the areas of planning, epidemiological assessment, control of communicable diseases, information and surveillance systems, environmental sanitation methods and meeting nutritional requirements in refugee situations.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Select methods for assessing specific emergency situations in the field
  • Develop and implement a general or a specific health program to assist a displaced population
  • Foresee that immediate assistance projects might need to be extended into long-term development programs
  • Develop a common approach to providing services among humanitarian organizations
  • Monitor the adequacy of the service being provided to an affected population
  • Assess the ethical implications of all possible plans of action during an emergency
  • Apply the principles of International Humanitarian Law when providing services in conflict situations

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