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Public health in humanitarian action

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Kod przedmiotu: 2200-9HA-3 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 12.0 / (0910) Ochrona zdrowia
Nazwa przedmiotu: Public health in humanitarian action
Jednostka: Wydział Prawa i Administracji
Grupy: Humanitarian Action
Punkty ECTS i inne: 5.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
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Skrócony opis:

The overall objective of the module is to provide an insight into necessary public health actions at emergency and other humanitarian crisis. Health is a basic human right and emergency situation (both sudden as well as protracted crisis) has always a negative impact on health of people involved. A prompt and relevant coordinated help may mitigate serious health risk and alleviate long term consequences affecting physical and mental status.

Graduates should be able to actively participate in managerial activities and support field work on-site. The module will deliver necessary knowledge – both sociological and medical aspects of needs assessment and methods of sustaining those needs. The vital aim is to equip students with a “tool box” of practical solutions since a crisis involves prompt actions.

Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

Week 1

Introduction to the Module – interdisciplinary context of public health and basic health needs

Week 2

International public health system and priorities in an emergency – international cooperation

and its challenges (1)

 Overview of public health definitions, health determinants, social context of health and

health beliefs.

Week 3

International public health system and priorities in an emergency – international cooperation

and its challenges (2)

 Communication and management in case of emergency – local and global events.

Responsibilities of local authorities.

 Hurdles to effective cooperation between many partners

Week 4

Rapid Health Needs Assessment and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Humanitarian

Action (1)

 Methodology of rapid health needs assessment.

Week 5

Rapid Health Needs Assessment and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Humanitarian

Action (2)

 Model WASH – the basic model for needs assessment and shaping actions in public


Week 6

Food and Nutrition in an emergency and after it (1)

 Food security and food safety – two main challenges in nutrition

 Food-borne diseases and education on food processing

Week 7

Food and Nutrition in an emergency and after it (2)

 Food-borne diseases and education on food processing

Week 8

Outbreaks of infectious diseases (1)

 Main infectious diseases with potential of outbreak during a crisis and its vectors

(sources of germs).

 Prevention of infectious diseases by vaccination schemes and isolation of infected


Week 9

Outbreaks of infectious diseases (2)

 Epidemiological tools for disease monitoring and containment

Week 10

Psychosocial aspects of humanitarian actions and negotiations for health needs. (1)

 Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Support for family member of


Week 11

Psychosocial aspects of humanitarian actions and negotiations for health needs. (2)

 Social aspects of reconciliation in religious or military conflicts.

Week 12

Management of health and social resources (1)

 Planning, mobilizing resources and operational schemes for coordination of

humanitarian actions. Cooperation with governmental and non-governmental donors.

Week 13

Management of health and social resources (2)

 Evaluation of humanitarian actions – sharing experiences as a basics of building

international competence.

Week 14

Health care systems and sustainability of humanitarian help

 Challenges to maintain the emergency solution in the health care system – threat of a

fragmented and interim support.

Exam week

Analysis of projects provided by students – what lessons can be drawn from previous


Presentations and discussion on final assignment. Final conclusions and evaluation of the



Basic literature:

1. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees . Handbook for Emergencies. Geneva. Third Edition February, 2007 – downloadable at http://www.unhcr.org/472af2972.html

2. The Sphere Project. Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. Available online: http://www.spherehandbook.org/en/the-humanitarian-charter/

3. Save the KidsUK. Toolkits: A practical guide to planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. Downloadable at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/online-library/toolkits-practical-guide-planning-monitoring-evaluation-and-impact

Selected chapters from the reading above will be announced in advance a week before a relevant seminar. Additional short readings from CDC&P, UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR (not longer than 20 pages each) will be announced in advance during seminars and made available on NOHA Blackbord.

Efekty uczenia się:

Has a clear understanding of personal health and safety risks in disasters.

Has a comprehensive understanding of public health in different emergency contexts, including the impact of various humanitarian action interventions on the needs and rights of crisis-affected people.

Has demonstrated the ability to integrate a public health response into the often complex social and cultural environment of those affected informed by humanitarian principles.

Has developed a capacity to cope with personal health & security issues.

Has demonstrated the necessary skills for communicating public health situations and conclusions, to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Has demonstrated to possess the fundamental skills to plan and implement health interventions in emergencies regarding food security, water & environmental health, communicable diseases, psycho-social/psychological issues, health care services and health information systems.

Has demonstrated the capacity to take responsibility for specifying clear ethical standards in humanitarian intervention.

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

All participants will be requested to provide a 4 page report with a critical analysis of voluntary selected crisis or emergency. The task include literature research and selecting necessary information and drawing lessons sections (what went well and what should be improved).

Assessment criteria:

1. The scope of literature/fact research results (quantitative – at least 10 sources)

2. The critical approach for evaluating facts – drawing conclusions (qualitative – precision and logical relevance of conclusions).

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr zimowy 2020/21" (w trakcie)

Okres: 2020-10-01 - 2021-01-31
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