The H.E.L.P. course is a two-week, on-site, course that was created in 1986 by the ICRC in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE). Since the 1st training held in Geneva, the course took place in 28 countries with 5500+ trainees from 130+ different nationalities.


In 2022, there are 11 courses active in 8 countries – USA, Benin, Cuba, India, Iran, Japan, Lebanon and Switzerland, always involving ICRC, WHO, an academic partner and the Red Cross / Red Crescent National Society. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the course has evolved to an online version in 2021, which lead to a revision of the training means and a new reflection on delivery methods. The prelearning phase, lasting at least a month prior the course, takes more importance in the learning process even if in 2022 8 courses go back to in-person teaching.

The H.E.L.P. course aims to enhance professionalism in the response to health emergencies as a result of armed conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The course focuses on decision making in acute and protracted crises, with strong emphasis on placing affected people and context at the centre. The H.E.L.P. course adopts a public health approach, fosters a multidisciplinary response, and brings out challenges, dilemmas, standards, norms and principles. The H.E.L.P. course brings together a wide range of participants and Facilitators to mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience.

The ten-days long course will be conducted in Tehran, Iran between 16 to 26 October 2022.

For more information:

Read : The course guideline


Visit: HELP: Training course for managing relief operations | ICRC

The application form should be filled out and returned to the ICRC Iran by 31 August 2022 through the following email address: (

Registration Form