Humanitarian Health Action

Public Health Pre-Deployment Training

15 - 28 April 2007, Moscow, Russian Federation

The third Public Health Pre-Deployment training (PHPD3) was held from 15 to 28 April 2007 in Moscow, Russian Federation.

The PHPD course is an important step towards improving the capacity of the international humanitarian community in emergencies. The course is designed to give health and other professionals the public health, personal and operational skills they need to work as part of public health response teams in emergency settings. This course integrates the humanitarian reforms and new coordination mechanisms, including the United Nations Health Cluster approach that has been developed to improve coordination on the ground.

The first training course was held in 2005. A second course was held in 2006. The training course was further streamlined based on feedback received from both courses.

The overall objective of the course is to prepare public health and other professionals to work safely and effectively in inter-agency and national country teams, so that humanitarian health is delivered in a predictable manner and that, ultimately, health action in crises is improved.

The Moscow course was organized by WHO's Department for Health Action in Crises with the collaboration of WHO's Regional Office for the European Region (EURO), WHO Office in Moscow and was co-sponsored by the Government of the Russian federation.

Past and current courses have been funded by the Swiss Government, Government of the Russian Federation, European Community Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), Department for International Development (DFID), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Further courses for 2007 will be announced on this site.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.