Goodbye from your educators!

Congratulations on completing the Medical Peace Work course!

During the last six weeks we have been through a number of different topics through which we hope to have illustrated what Medical Peace Work is about. After completing this course, you should now be able to:

  1. Discuss definitions of peace, conflict, and violence and their relationship to the health professions
  2. Understand the different types of medical peace work that health care professionals can participate in globally and locally
  3. Recognise and respond to various forms of violence in health practice.

In a short course like this we have not been able to explore each of the topics in as much depth as we would have liked. There are also many more topics and examples of how health professionals can contribute to violence prevention and peace building which we could have discussed. If you would like to learn more about Medical Peace Work, please visit our website where you can find a range of different educational resources:

Remember that Medical Peace Work is a vast field of practice, filled with complex dilemmas. However, there is an enormous potential to do good - and we can start by using Medical Peace Work as a “lens” through which we view our everyday healthcare activities. We come to realise how many different levels we can act on, and what a positive difference we can make in the lives of our patients, our communities, and our planet.

We can all be medical peace workers - if our ultimate goal is to improve health, which we do through preventing and reducing violence, and building and promoting peace.

Thanks a lot for staying with us all the way up to the end! We hope you have found the course useful, and that you will continue to reflect on these issues. We would very much appreciate getting some feedback from you - please submit your feedback via the post-course survey.

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Medical Peace Work

University of Bergen

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