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Training course in child and adolescent health in humanitarian settings 2024

Enhancing child and adolescent health outcomes, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Course coordinator: Khalid Siddeeg (Department of Healthier Populations/ Child and Adolescent Health, WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean)

Collaborating partners: Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)

This online training course on child and adolescent health in humanitarian settings seeks to equip program managers and decision-makers with the knowledge and skills to enhance child and adolescent health outcomes, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The training course follows the operational guide on child and adolescent health in humanitarian settings.

Course advisory group

  • Dr Samira Aboubakar
    Expert, Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), Switzerland
  • Dr Ubah Farah Ahmed
    Advisor, Family Health Department, Ministry for Health, Somalia
  • Prof Huda Basaleem
    Professor of Community Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Aden, Yemen
  • Dr Hamish Graham
    Pediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia

EMRO Organizing Team

  • Kim Beentjes
    Technical Officer, Child and Adolescent Health in Humanitarian Settings, Department of Healthier Populations, WHO EMRO

Objectives of the course

The course aims to develop a deeper understanding of child and adolescent health in humanitarian settings by:

  • Ensuring the comprehensive coverage of children’s health needs from birth through adolescence.
  • Building capacity in child and adolescent health within emergency contexts in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
  • Providing programmatic guidance aligned with the operational guide’s key chapters: coordinate, assess and prioritize, respond, and monitor, evaluate and review.
  • Employing a structured approach that complements existing standards and resources.

Topics to be covered in the course

  • Week 1, Module 1: Coordinate – how to take a coordinated approach to child and adolescent health in a humanitarian emergency.
    • Includes an introduction webinar on the effect of emergencies on children and adolescents in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Week 2, Module 2: Assess and prioritize – how to gather data on child and adolescent health through needs assessment and use the data to prioritize actions.
  • Week 3 and Week 4, Module 3: Respond (part 1 & 2) – how to plan and carry out a coordinated set of activities to deal with the identified child and adolescent health priorities.
  • Week 5: Webinar on country’s experience – success stories
  • Week 6, Module 4: Monitor, evaluate and review – how to use data systems to reviews and improve child and adolescent health-related activities.

Course audience

This course is designed for program managers and decision-makers in health and related fields, at every stage of a humanitarian emergency. This includes participants working in the health sector or other sectors, government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs, UN agencies, funding agencies etc.), and regional, national, and subnational level actors in countries that are directly or indirectly affected by emergencies.

Teaching-learning methods to be used in course

The course will employ a variety of dynamic training methods to ensure effective learning and application:

  1. Presentations: Pre-recorded presentations highlighting the major aspects of course modules.
  2. Expert insights: Recorded videos by subject-matter experts provide in-dept insights into challenges and strategies on child and adolescent health in humanitarian settings.
  3. Active learning: individual assignments encourage participants to apply knowledge and skills to emergency situations in the Region.
  4. Interactive engagement: webinars and live discussions foster collaborative learning and interactive engagement among participants.
  5. Problem-solving: group work and case study analysis during breakout sessions encourage practical problem-solving. Each group will have an assigned expert to moderate and guide discussions, with outcomes presented in the main group.
  6. Personalized support: each participant will be assigned a coach to provide motivation, review assignments, and offer feedback.

On each of the topic, the following items will be posted:

  1. Video presentations and slide sets with accompanying talking points.
  2. A set of 1-3 documents.
  3. A short assignment or group work.

Teaching language

The teaching language of the course is English.

What is required of you?

For each module, participants must:

  • Study the video presentations and slide sets.
  • Read all accompanying documents.
  • Participation in webinars for the modules this applies to.
  • Complete a short assignment or group work depending on the week.
  • Review the feedback provided by the coach assigned to each participant.

Note: A personal coach will be assigned to each participant, whose role is to facilitate the course and serve as tutor.

Course validation and certificate

In-order to obtain the certificate:

  • Participants are required to have completed all assignments or group work that are part of each module.
  • Participants are required to complete and submit the end of course survey.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate signed by the WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean’s department of Healthier Populations, Child and Adolescent Health and the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Course duration: 6 weeks

Course fee: USD 250

Important dates

Start date: 29 January 2024

End date: 10 March 2024

Application deadline: 15 January 2024

Payment deadline: 22 January 2024


To apply for the course, you should submit the completed application form and send the required enclosures by email to the course email address (adolescenthealth@gfmer.org).

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  • A curriculum vitae, including sections on current and previous positions.
  • A letter of motivation stating clearly your interests and reasons for applying to the Course (1 page / 500 words maximum).


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