Health Systems through Crisis and Recovery
The Course focuses on health issues, but it is open to professionals from other disciplines.
Millions of people do not have access to health care, because health systems in many countries are either non-existent or dramatically failing. Most of them live in areas chronically affected by violent conflict or slowly re-emerging from it.
The volatility and complexity of conflict and post-conflict contexts pose daunting challenges to health workers – both national and international – who are called to rehabilitate derelict health structures. Lack of properly prepared professionals in this field has often resulted in reconstruction efforts characterized by weak analysis, little understanding, inadequate planning and poor implementation. This training programme intends to alleviate this gap.
The Course, held for the first time in 2005, has evolved substantially since then. It is actively kept in progress, by constantly updating its contents, introducing new study topics and materials, and inviting new experienced lecturers. The Course programme maintains a degree of flexibility to discuss in detail topics of particular interest to participants.
The Course aims to:
- Introduce participants to the main features of conflict-ridden environments;
- Identify and discuss the main features of health systems during protracted crises and recovery processes, and the most common distortions plaguing healthcare provision;
- Analyse and reflect upon the challenges faced by health actors in countries affected or recovering from a conflict;
- Introduce participants to recovery processes, to the dangers they pose and to the opportunities they provide for correcting long-standing distortions and creating more efficient and fair health systems;
- Familiarize participants with the literature existing in this field and stimulate their interest in conducting further research.
The Course is taught in English. It is intensive in nature and demands from participants a pro-active attitude. Interaction with the trainers is encouraged through the use of case studies and practical exercises. Ample space is devoted to testimonies and reflections drawn from the personal experience of trainers and trainees.
The Course content is updated and modified every year. These are some of the main topics regularly discussed:
- The conflict environment; international and humanitarian law; the aid system and its politics; aid management;
- Systems thinking applied to management practice, including information analysis;
- Communicable diseases in distressed health systems;
- Health policy analysis, planning and financing in troubled health sectors;
- Health-related resources: personnel, medicines, facilities, and their management;
- Contributing to the recovery of disrupted health sectors, through analysis, research, negotiation, appraisal of options, and forecasting.
How to apply
Applicants shall submit their application on-line at http://www.santannapisa.it/HSCR2017/application/.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and each month a selection round will be held. All the applicants will be informed by e-mail of the result of the selection process. Unless all places are taken earlier, the final deadline for application is the 21st of March 2017.
The total cost for the Course is:
- 1.500,00 Euros for participants sponsored by any organization or by their employer;
- 1.200,00 Euros for self-sponsored participants.
The cost includes tuition fee, reference material and lunch on class days. Travel and accommodation expenses during the lecture weeks at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa are not included in the tuition fee.
A limited number of full or partial waiver could be made available, according to financial availabilities. Selected applicants may apply for the full or partial waiver of the tuition fee by motivating their request in a detailed manner on their application form. Decisions in this regards are made by the Selection Commission. on the basis of the relevant professional experience and the motivational statement.
At the end of the Course only participants who have attended at least 80% of the classes, have passed the final assessment and have paid all the tuition fee, will receive a Certificate of Attendance.