The Radical Humanitarian: Pharmacists and Nurses Global Health Training Program

Aurora, Colorado
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, 17 August, 2017
17:00 Registration, Check-in, Dinner
18:00 Opening Remarks
18:10 Welcome Remarks, Logistics
18:25 Introduction to HA, Definitions, Current Challenges
19:00 Foundations of Global Health, Social Determinants, Data, SDGs
19:45 Feedback From Groups, General Q&A, Evaluation
20:00 End
Friday, 18 August, 2017
07:30 Registration, Breakfast
08:00 History of HA, Development-Emergency Nexus, Humanitarian Architecture & Cluster System, Localization of Aid
09:00 Current Guidelines and Standards; Principles of HA, Code of Conduct, IHL
10:00 Break
10:15 Emergency Medical Teams/WHO, Team Structures & Roles, Essential Drug Lists, Standard Health Kits
11:15 Table Top Exercise on deployment, Ethical Dilemmas, Personal Experiences - What's Working/What's Not Working
12:15 Lunch
13:00 WHO Notifiable Diseases, Surveillance Systems & Epidemic Epidemiology/Reporting
14:00 Table Top Exercise on Mass Vaccination, Waste Management
15:00 Break
15:15 Inventory & Donation Management, Expired Meds, Antibiotic Stewardship
16:15 Table Top Exercise on Teamwork, Communication, Resource Management (human, physical, time, etc.)
17:15 General Q&A, Evaluation
17:30 End
Saturday, 19 August 2017
07:30 Registration, Breakfast
08:00 Role of Pharmacists and Nurses in Short-Term Medical Missions, Parallel Health Systems/Integration, Training of Pharmacists and Nurses Worldwide
09:00 Table Top Exercise on NCD’s + Discussion
10:30 Break
10:45 Table Top Exercise on Cultural Sensitivity, Working with Traditional Healers, Opiate Usage
11:45 Tools and Pitfalls: Surgical missions, PEP, and Apps
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in Programs; Self-care and How to be Personally Effective
14:30 Break
14:45 Sustainability, Next Steps, Who to Work With? What to Look For?
15:45 Wrap-Up and Closing, Evaluation
16:00 End

Learner Objectives/Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  • Define humanitarian assistance (HA); describe ethical dilemmas related to HA; and list effective strategies for implementation.
  • Recall the history of HA and describe its implementation process including principles and current guidelines and standards.
  • Describe team structures and roles and list essential drugs and health kits.  Apply this information.
  • Categorize types of inventory/donations, and other resources.  Define antibiotic stewardship.  Apply this knowledge.
  • Describe the role of pharmacists/nurses in short-term medical missions and construct plans for application of these roles after appropriate training.
  • Give examples of cultural sensitivity and the necessity of working with traditional healers.
  • Identify mental health and psychosocial support in programs and apply self-care.
  • Formulate next steps to sustain humanitarian efforts.


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