From micro-planning to inter-sectoral coordination, there are specific concerns which play a crucial role in emergency response in areas which have a large population. Coming out of the H.E.L.P. course, participants — from both medical and non-medical backgrounds — feel empowered to take the right decisions in order to respond in effective and respectful ways to emergency and disaster situations using a public health approach.
A specialised training programme, this course comprehensively addresses all disaster scenarios and equips medical and health professionals in key decision-making positions. It aims at developing knowledge, attitudes and skills, based on scientific evidence, best practices, field experience and ethics.
Paul Bovier, Coordinator for the H.E.L.P. Course at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva, explains the significance of the training in addressing the complex crises that arise in today’s world. The H.E.L.P. Course serves as a unique opportunity in that it allows participants to learn from the practices and experiences of other health professionals who might be coming from very different contexts.