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Health Systems through Crisis and Recovery

Focus area: 
Human rights, conflict management and development cooperation
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Application deadline: 
08.04.2019 to 19.04.2019
ECTS Credits: 
Training hours: 
Maximum Number of Participants: 

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.

Training objectives:

The Course aims to:

•       Introduce participants to troubled contexts;

•       Identify and discuss the stressors at play, and the responses usually deployed by health services;

•       Analyse and reflect upon the challenges faced by health actors in countries affected or recovering from severe stress;

•       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.

Teaching methods:

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.

Participants will conduct an in-depth analysis of a distressed healthcare arena through the study of selected documents and group work. The study materials revolve around a variety of troubled situations, which include conflict-ridden countries and regions, as well as other crises. An exploration of the existing literature will complement each training session. Participants will receive a rich portfolio of selected documents.

Course programme:

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; development, the aid system and its politics; aid management;

•       Systems thinking applied to management practice, including information analysis, sustainability and resilience;

•       Occurrence and control of communicable diseases in distressed healthcare arenas;

•       Health policy analysis, planning and financing in troubled health sectors;

•       Health-related resources: personnel, medicines, facilities, and their management;

•       How to best contribute to the recovery of disrupted health sectors, through analysis, research, negotiation, appraisal of options, forecasting and implementation.

How to apply:

The Course is open to a maximum of 30 participants. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the information provided in their CVs and in the on-line application form which is available at:

Applications must be received no later than 20 February 2019.

Course fee:

The total cost for the Course is:

- 1,500 euros for participants sponsored by any organization or by their employer;

- 1,200 euros for self-sponsored participants.

An early bid discount is reserved for participants applying before 8 January 2019.

Costs will be reduced to

- 1,100 euros for participants sponsored by any organization or by their employer;

- 800 euros for self-sponsored participants.

The cost includes tuition fee, reference material and lunch on class days. Participants are required to make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and visa (a list of possible accommodations will be made available).


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 participants who have attended at least 80% of the classes and passed the final assessment will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Matteo Bartolini Tel:  +39 050 882655


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