The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) are pleased to announce the second edition of the Regional Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.) Course. This is the second year of the course in India and it will be conducted in collaboration with World Health Organization and the Indian Red Cross Society.

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The focus of the course is to equip professionals — including health professionals, operational managers, technicians, logisticians, lawyers, policy makers and leaders in humanitarian organisations — with essential principles and skills in order to respond in effective and respectful ways to disaster situations, using a public health approach and ethics in the practice of relief activities. Emphasis will be placed on a public health approach, disaster preparedness and response, recovery and humanitarian action during disasters.

The H.E.L.P. course will address the principles and practice of humanitarian relief in disasters, violence and complex crises affecting populations with regional or international scope. It was created in 1986 by the ICRC, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the University of Geneva. Since its inception 30 years ago, more than 160 H.E.L.P courses have been organized training over 4000 professionals.

It is being conducted in 13 countries, attracting about 260 participants every year. It adopts problem solving and participatory teaching based on concrete situations and decision taking, group work in problem solving, simulations of disasters and presentations by the participants.


The downloaded application form, along with the required documents can be submitted by email as well as by post (read brochure for details).

For further details please visit or contact:

Dr Sourabh Sinha, Project Manager at PHFI
+91 9013217147 

Dr Anjum Soni, ICRC
+91 9654352843 

More on the H.E.L.P. course:

Snapshots: Course for Managing Relief Operations in Disasters

H.E.L.P. — Specialised Course for Disaster Response & Relief