Executive Short Courses in Health in Humanitarian Settings


Thematic Seminar: Violence and its Impact on Health

NEXT SESSION: 18-22 mAY, 2020

This executive course is a full time training, given by academic staff and humanitarian practitioners, which focuses on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in humanitarian crises, using specific methods and tools. This course is delivered in partnership with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).


The overall objective of the course is to allow mid-level or senior managers to develop an understanding of sexual and reproductive health issues in emergencies and to provide them with skills to coordinate the implementation of a minimum set of sexual and reproductive health interventions at the onset of an emergency and as an integral part of health assistance programmes.

By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Advocate for sexual and reproductive health in emergencies
  • Describe how an emergency situation, caused by for example conflict or disaster, affects reproductive health needs
  • Apply core concepts and techniques provided in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for SRH in Crises
  • Apply coordination skills for the implementation of the MISP
  • Draw implications for addressing SRH for communities in crisis in their own country context.


  • Overview and coordination of SRH in crisis
  • Communication and advocacy
  • Gender-based violence
  • Coordinating maternal and newborn health
  • Family planning
  • HIV prevention and programming
  • Coordinating abortion care
  • Logistics, monitoring and evaluation


  • 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 coordinators

Dr. Anne GOLAZ, University of Geneva and Nadine Cornier, UNFPA