The ICRC regional delegation in New Delhi invites applications to the 4th Regional HELP Course that will be hosted by International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM). The HELP course – Health Emergencies in Large Populations – is a two-week onsite training course on the principles and practice of humanitarian interventions in response to the needs of people affected by acute and protracted crises and natural disasters.

The objective of this programme is to enhance professionalism in the response during health emergencies in large populations due to natural disasters, complex crises or disease outbreaks, with an emphasis on decision making in crises. It considers affected people at the centre, in their context, and uses a public health approach, fostering multidisciplinary responses and bringing out challenges, dilemmas, norms, standards and principles.

The course is for professionals with a health background such as medicine, nursing, public health and nutrition, for engineers in water and sanitation, or with strategic or management responsibilities in humanitarian emergencies.

Effective decisions in crisis involving large populations

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The programme explores key elements in the principles and practice of humanitarian assistance in emergencies and major crisis. It opens with key concepts, including public health tools, ethical principles and ethical decision-making process, in order to make appropriate and effective decisions in crisis involving large populations. The focus is on needs assessment, planning and evaluation of activities, as much as on humanitarian principles and ethics in the practice of humanitarian action. The course develops essential aspects regarding health care, nutrition and economic security, water,
habitat and environmental health. It also covers prevention and control of infectious diseases, practical epidemiology in the field, International humanitarian law, security and stress of professionals. During the course, participants are invited to share their field experiences and reflections.

The application form should be filled out and sent to the IIHMR, along with a cover letter, curriculum vitae and letter of motivation, by 26 January 2020 on the following email address: Participants will be selected according to their professional experience and background.

For further information regarding HELP Course, please contact:

Ms Shikha Bassi
Assistant Manager (Training)
International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR)
Plot No. 3, Sector-18A, Dwarka, New Delhi-110075
Mobile: +91-9811421668 | Tel: +91-11-30418900 | Fax. +91-11-30418909

Dr Ritu Singh Chauhan
National Professional Officer – IHR
World Health Organisation, India
Tel: +91-11-66564800

Dr Vanshree Singh
Director Blood Bank & Incharge Health Programmes
Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), National Head Quarters (NHQ)
1, Red Cross Road, New Delhi – 110001
Email: | Tel: +91-11-23711551
Collaborating coordinator from NIDM

Dr Anil K Gupta
Head, Division of Environment and Climate DRM
National Institute of Disaster Management
4th Floor, NDCC-2 Building, Jai Singh Marg, New Delhi – 110001
Email :
Tel: +91-11- 23438294

Dr Anjum Soni
International Committee of Red Cross
Regional Delegation for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal
C – 6/6, Sadarjung Development Area, New Delhi – 110016
Tel: +91-11-42211000