Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds “A bomb blast at the district hospital this morning has left between 10 and 20 people injured. The explosion happened at dawn, damaging the hospital kitchen in the side wing of the building…” As health professionals we care for the life, health and well being of our patients. Violence, weapons and war cause enormous suffering and misery, and endanger what is important for us. Violence at different levels is one of the greatest determinants of ill-health and death.
Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds As healthcare professionals often meet both the victims and perpetrators of violence, we have a unique role in preventing violence and building more peaceful societies My name is Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy and I’m Adi Vyas – this MOOC has been made by the University of Bergen in collaboration with the European Medical Peace Work partnership. Together we’ll be introducing you to this very important field. How well equipped are we as health professionals to address violence and suffering in homes, in our work places, and on our borders ? How do we uphold our professional values, and how can we be accountable to the people we serve? Can we tackle problems that seem to lie far “upstream”?
Skip to 1 minute and 24 seconds Medical Peace Work is an emerging field of expertise which combines healthcare, violence prevention, and peace-building. This MOOC will introduce you to the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in medical peace work. So join us as we explore these important global health issues through the lens of public health and peace practice. Whatever your professional background, together we can begin our journey towards a healthier, more peaceful world.