Executive Short Courses in Health in Humanitarian Settings

Non-communicable diseases in Humanitarian contexts

Thematic Seminar: Chronic Diseases and the Humanitarian Response

Next session: 3-7 may, 2021

This executive short course is a full-time training, which focuses on the particular challenges presented by non-communicable diseases in emergencies, as well as the design of adapted and effective projects to address non-communicable diseases. The course is delivered in partnership with the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


  • Explain the concept of chronicity and identify the main non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
  • Identify and assess the burden of NCDs in a specific context.
  • Design a programme to address the needs of people with NCDs during a humanitarian emergency.


  • What are non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs)
    What is a burden of NCDs in emergencies
    Assessing the needs and setting priorities
    Models of care for NCDs
    Designing an evidence-based NCD programmes
    Evaluation of NCD programmes


  • Professionals in the humanitarian, development or social sector looking to develop their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on their experiences.
  • Professionals from other sectors who wish to increase their understanding of the humanitarian sector for a potential career change.
  • Graduate students with relevant volunteer or intern experience, looking to undertake a post-graduate course with a view to entering the humanitarian sector.


2 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Course coordinator

Dr. Anne GolazGeneva Centre for Education & Research in Humanitarian Action