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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsJEN PALMER: Welcome to Week 2. I'm Dr. Jen Palmer, Assistant Professor at LSHTM and a lead educator for the course. This week, we'll be looking at developing evidence-informed responses to humanitarian health needs, highlighting the key mechanisms in place for conducting humanitarian aid and exploring the practical challenges of delivering care. Our first activity will provide an overview of the practicalities of working in humanitarian settings, including key principles, codes of conduct and why we follow them, and the ways in which we can effectively coordinate humanitarian actors in these settings. The second will focus on planning and priority setting in humanitarian crises, showing how decisions are made and what tools are used to make things happen.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsOur third activity focuses on health care delivery and the key challenges faced by different interventions in humanitarian crises. Finally, we will discuss the challenges of conducting evaluations and how we use evidence to inform decision making. We will look at ethical considerations for conducting research in humanitarian settings and discuss some of the existing evidence around delivering humanitarian health interventions. We hope you enjoy the week. And we strongly encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and reflections in the comment areas of each step.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2. We now have a basic understanding of the different health needs that exist in humanitarian crises, but how would you begin to address them?

This week we will explore some of the guiding principles and currently employed approaches for implementing humanitarian health interventions and look at how we can develop evidence-informed responses to meet humanitarian health needs.

What will we learn?

In activities throughout our second week we will:

  • Review the key principles and codes of conduct we follow in humanitarian crises and why
  • Discuss the practical context of health service delivery in the field from a variety of different perspectives
  • Consider how we can gather data and evaluate interventions in challenging environments and use the information we have to make evidence-based decisions.

As in the first week, we encourage you to share your reflections and experiences with your fellow learners and we will be paying attention to your discussions in each step’s Comments area. We will clarify any key points of discussion in a summary document added to Step 2.19 at the end of the week.

Save the date: Ask the educators!

In our final week, on 23rd February 2017 at 1pm UK time (check your local time here), we will host an online, live Q&A session. The session will be recorded so it doesn’t matter if you can’t make it on the day. Over this week we ask you to think about the questions you might like to ask the course team. There will be an opportunity for you to add your questions to our list, with information around how to do this provided in Step 2.19.

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Health in Humanitarian Crises

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine