About this Course
NCDs are the leading cause of death in almost every region of the world, and place a huge burden on individuals, families and societies. Humanitarian settings have a negative effect on the levels of disease, and the possibility of treatment. The importance of NCDs in global health is acknowledged by their inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals, which call for a reduction of a third in premature mortality from NCDs by 2030. However, NCDs have until recently received little attention in humanitarian settings, leaving prevention, care and treatment needs largely unaddressed among some of the most vulnerable populations. According to the World Health Organization, 70 percent of global deaths are due to NCDs. The four main disease groups which cause the greatest number of deaths are cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (including asthma). The course will provide knowledge about issues and dilemmas that occur around NCDs in humanitarian settings and possible solutions. Why are NCDs a problem in humanitarian emergencies or crises? Natural disasters and complex emergencies, including armed conflict, have a negative effect on the levels of disease, and on the possibilities for preventing, treating and caring for people with NCDs. People living with NCDs often need continuous care to avoid disease progression, and disrupted treatment due to natural disaster or emergencies pose a large health challenge. In conflict situations and fragile contexts, the challenge of disrupted care and treatment may be exacerbated – an estimated 65 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict, displacement lasts longer, and at times health systems and health personnel are deliberately targeted....
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Intermediate Level

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Approx. 6 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 weeks, 2-3 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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4 hours to complete

Module 1: Why is it important?

In module one you will learn about why NCDs have increased in the world as a whole and about why NCDs are a particular problem in humanitarian emergencies or crises. Natural disasters and complex emergencies including armed conflict may have a negative effect, both on the levels of disease, and on the possibilities for preventing, treating or caring for people with NCDs. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 57 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Alessandro Demaio: The "big four" NCDs Explained16m
Sylvia Khamati: The double burden of disease - Kenya refugee camps8m
Mouna Mayoufi: Lack in quality of care - Syria8m
Heidi Christensen: Challenges for refugees on the move - Lesbos5m
Experiences from refugees affected by NCDs9m
Reading7 readings
A call to action20m
Identifying and Describing the Impact40m
Siri Tellier: A Background Paper10m
Ten essential questions40m
Care in Emergencies20m
Conflict-affected populations10m
Internally Displaced Women and Children50m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Why is it important?m
A Call to Actionm
Identifying and Describing the Impactm
Week
2
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6 hours to complete

Module - What is being done?

In module two you will learn about some of the basic approaches of humanitarian action and how they might that apply to NCDs. This would include basic concepts, and how they might help or hamper the response to NCDs....
Reading
4 videos (Total 36 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Sylvia Khamati: Community awareness needed - Kenya7m
Mouna Mayoufi: Data needed to improve preparedness - Libya9m
Heidi Christensen: Treatment dilemmas - Pakistan11m
Reading9 readings
The Sphere Projectm
Emergency Health Kit20m
Key Fact Sheet10m
Public Health Interventions in Humanitarian Crises40m
Social Determinants30m
Interventions for Primary Health Care30m
Diabetes care in a complex humanitarian emergency setting40m
Ebola Crisis15m
Guidelines and mHealth for Vulnerable Populations30m
Quiz3 practice exercises
What is being done?m
The Sphere Projectm
Emergency Health Kitm
Week
3
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5 hours to complete

Module: Challenges and Opportunities

In module three you will learn about prioritization (the classical first priority for health response to save lives, and concentrate on excess mortality and morbidity), the importance of risk analysis (the risk equation), the challenges involved in transition from acute to longer term assistance – from blueprint to contextualizing and building capacity – as well as about longer term budgetary issues....
Reading
4 videos (Total 32 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Sylvia Khamati: Financial Dilemmas - Kenya9m
Heidi Christensen: Dilemmas in long term treatment in India6m
Sigiriya A. Perone: Do's and Dont's8m
Reading7 readings
Cancer in Refugees45m
Three Steps to Improve NCDs20m
Interventions for NCDs in Humanitarian Crisesm
Human Health Following Disasters30m
Burden of Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality30m
Addressing NCDs in disaster risk reduction15m
Health status and needs for older refugees45m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Challenges and opportunitiesm
Cancer in Refugeesm
Three Steps to Improve NCDsm

Instructor

Siri Tellier

Lecturer
Copenhagen School of Global Health

About University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark - founded in 1479, and with over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. Based in Denmark's capital city it is one of the top research institutions in Europe. ...

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