Humanitarian Health Action

Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis training course


27 November - 8 December 2011

Regional edition focusing on the WHO Mediterranean Region

Jointly organized by International Rescue Committee, Merlin and World Health Organization/Health Action in Crises. The course receives funding from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA/USAID).

A 10-day residential training programme:
  • Focusing on the analysis of health systems of countries affected by, or recovering from, protracted crises.
  • Intended for health professionals working in or on countries in crisis: WHO staff, health personnel in government institutions, NGOs, UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations.
  • Mainly focusing on participants working in countries in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region: Afghanistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen
What is this course about?

The health systems of countries in crisis are often weak and unable to address the increased health needs of the population. Moreover, health workers in these countries often have limited capacity to analyse the major features and weaknesses of the health system.

This lack of capacity hampers the formulation of appropriate sector strategies and plans. As a result, emergency appeals and response interventions are often prepared based on inadequate evidence. This poses major challenges to both Governments and the international community.

This course aims to address these constraints as part of a broader learning programme to improve the analytical and planning capacity of Ministries of Health and agencies in countries in chronic crisis. The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen health professionals' ability to analyse health systems in countries in crisis; develop adequate response and recovery strategies; and plan and implement effective interventions.

At the end of the course the participants will be better equipped to
  • identify relevant information for analysing health systems;
  • analyse health systems, assess their performance and identify their structural features and the adaptations they underwent during the crisis;
  • understand the importance of the context of the crisis in formulating strategies and plans;
  • identify system weaknesses and conceive realistic measures to address them;
  • identify the main actors involved and understand their agendas;
  • become familiar with system analysis tools, and be able to adapt them to the local context;
  • select the lessons learned elsewhere that are relevant to the health sector under study, and be able to apply them;
  • present the findings of the system analysis in an effective way.
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