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Health Systems Through Crisis And Recovery - XII edition

  • Area tematica Diritti umani, gestione dei conflitti, cooperazione allo sviluppo & migrazioni
  • Sede Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy)
  • Scadenza iscrizione 29.08.2022
  • Periodo di svolgimento -
  • URL registrazione APPLY NOW
  • Crediti CFU 4
  • Ore formazione 80
  • Numero massimo di partecipanti 30

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.

Course target

The Course is intended for the following main recipients: the Course focuses on health issues, but it is open to professionals from other disciplines.

Training objectives

• Introduce and engage participants in a critical analysis of conflict-ridden contexts and of the health services

available in this kind of scenarios;

• Analyse and reflect upon the challenges and difficulties faced in producing and supplying health services in

countries experiencing a conflict or recovering from one;

• Identify and discuss the main features and distortions of health services during chronic conflicts or recovery


• Introduce participants to reconstruction processes, to the main challenges they pose and to the

opportunities they provide to correct long-standing distortions and create health systems that are more

efficient and fair;

• Introduce participants to the existing literature in these areas and stimulate their interest in conducting

further research.

Teaching methods

The whole Course is practice-oriented and constant references will be made to real-life scenarios. Many of the approaches proposed will be tested in practical exercises. Ample space will be devoted to testimonies and considerations drawn from on the personal experience of trainers and participants.

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, evaluation, sustainability and resilience;

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

• Health policy analysis, planning and financing in troubled health settings,

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

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

Course fee

  • 1.500,00 Euros for participants sponsored by any organization or by their employer;
  • 1.200,00 Euros for self-sponsored participants;

and includes attendance of all the lessons, the teaching material and the lunch on class days at the canteen

An early bird discount is reserved for candidates applying before the 04th of July 2022. For early birds, the course fee is:

-             1.000,00 Euros for participants sponsored by any organization or by their employer;

  •  800,00 Euros for self-sponsored participants.

*Public employees of Italian Administrative Institutions can benefit of an extra 10% discount on the tuition fee.


A limited number of partial waivers could be available, depending on financial availabilities, to citizens of non-OECD countries who are eligible for release of a visa for Italy. Selected applicants may apply for the partial waiver of the tuition fee by motivating their request in a detailed manner on their application form. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna reserves the right to determine the amount of each contribution and the awarding criteria.

Attendance certificate

At the end of the Course the Sant’Anna School will issue a certificate of attendance to the students who attended at least 80% of the lessons, and passed the assessment tests foreseen.