Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsKARL BLANCHET: Hello, and welcome to our course Health in Humanitarian Crises. My name is Karl Blanchet, and I'm your Lead Educator. I'm also the director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 secondsJEN PALMER: And I'm Jen Palmer, co-Lead Educator and deputy director of the Centre. Humanitarian crises such as armed conflicts, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks have been a tragic and now seemingly commonplace feature of our world in recent years, with vast numbers of people displaced from their homes and their everyday lives. The effects of such crises on health and health systems are a growing problem and, besides their immediate effects, can negatively impact decades of social development.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsKARL BLANCHET: Over the next three weeks, we come together to examine information and resources gathered from experts across a range of disciplines, such as epidemiology, anthropology, economics, health policy, and health systems. The course uses videos, articles, discussions, and simple assessments. And we seek to answer questions such as, what are the key health care needs in the humanitarian crisis setting? How can we develop effective responses to those health needs? And how we will change and adapt to humanitarian health needs in the future?

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsJEN PALMER: We very much look forward to learning with you over the coming weeks and anticipate that you'll be a very diverse group of learners with a wealth of knowledge and experience. So we encourage you to participate in course discussions, sharing your thoughts, perceptions, and personal experiences with each other.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to our course, Health in Humanitarian Crises. Your three Lead Educators are Dr Karl Blanchet, Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Jennifer Palmer, Deputy Director of the Centre, and Dr Bayard Roberts, co-founder of the Centre. Let’s begin!

Why are we here?

Our world is currently experiencing a refugee crisis unlike any we have seen since World War II. These populations, who are fleeing armed conflict, displaced by natural disasters or affected by disease epidemics are vulnerable to a range of further issues, including poor mental, nutritional or reproductive health as well as a myriad of infectious and non-communicable diseases. Refugee populations pose specific challenges for humanitarian health interventions, as they are often in transit, in countries where the local health system is incapable of responding, or in unstable security situations.

What will we learn?

During the next three weeks we will address key issues in humanitarian health response and aim to answer the following questions:

  • What are the key health needs of populations affected by humanitarian crises?
  • How can we respond to those needs with the greatest impact?
  • How will humanitarianism develop and adapt in the future to improve response?

Our approach to answering these important questions will involve reflections from experts in diverse academic fields and with a wealth of experience around providing healthcare in crisis settings.

Remember that each step features a Comments area that you can use to share your thoughts and reflections. When you feel happy with the material and ideas covered in a step, please Mark as complete before using the Next arrow to move on. You can check your progress using the Progress tab at the top of each page.

We hope that you will find the course material thought provoking and engaging. We very much look forward to learning with you and hope you enjoy our course.

Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

Health in Humanitarian Crises

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine