Teaching & Training

Please post any teaching & training questions, discussions etc. in this space.

I also wanted to share Americares teaching & training resources posted on our Medical Outreach Exchange website. Please click here to view.

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  • For anyone that may have missed the announcement in our recent newsletter, we have a new resource!

    In partnership with Child Family Health International, Americares is pleased to present a pre-departure training course to support your trip preparation.There are eight modules in the training course and the first includes the edX course “The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health,” which is provided by Boston University. 

    To access the course click here: https://classroom.google.com/w/MTc0MzkyMTMzNzNa/t/all 
    The class code to enter is: h59phl
    Please note you will need a Google account to log in. 

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  • Would love to hear about teaching and training topics you conduct with your organization in the field. Currently, I am in Cambodia, volunteering with the nonprofit organization Destiny Rescue. I am rotating through three, project sites, teaching about sexually transmitted infections and First Aid CPR to international volunteers and local staff. It's been interesting working with a translator, slowing down the pace in which I cover material, and getting asked lots of questions. Some of these questions are challenging as they are cultural in nature. They are very eager to learn. Evaluations have proven helpful with understanding areas I can improve. I believe it's also important to note that teaching and training is not just one-way interaction - I'm learning a lot too! 

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  • Great article published in The Lancet | Global Health March 2019 titled Global public health starts at home: upstream approaches to global health training. The authors challenge global health training programs to have "greater emphasis" on addressing "upstream determinants (eg, food marketing, trade agreements)". To read the article, please click here.

    Would love to hear your feedback if you and/or your organization address any social, economic, and/or commercial determinants of health. If so, what, where and outcomes? 

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  • As some members conduct WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene) work, I wanted to highlight World Water Day today. If you're working in this sector, we would love to hear about your current project(s).

    According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, "in the acute phase of a humanitarian crisis 40% of mortality is due to diarrhoeal diseases".

    To learn more about World Water Day, please click the link: https://www.worldwaterday.org/

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  • This is a thoughtful article regarding aid worker safety (both international and local staff), particularly in higher risk environments. It is a good, short read: https://www.devex.com/news/minimizing-aid-worker-risk-in-dangerous-environments-94446?fbclid=IwAR34Dr8hP5JF6prf64yE_47dXHuINjxh_Y36qZvg_EWup92e_-_hnsaj5Xs

    There are some resources available on the Medical Outreach Exchange site regarding safety for teams, and I can recommend having all team members complete free training such as Disaster Ready's "Basic Security in the Field 2.0" online course. It is a basic introduction to field safety, but a good (and free/easily accessible) starting point. 

    For more comprehensive field safety courses, these have been recommended by other humanitarian aid workers:






    (These are global resources, so may not necessarily fit with your location). 

    If you know of any additional resources on aid worker safety, please post them below. 

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  • MSF now has a Humanitarian Law app that can be downloaded from Apple/Itunes or Google or Android. It explains concepts relatively simply for non-law professionals.  It may be of interest to some of you, particularly for guidelines on protection of women and children, different international conventions that may be applicable, and guidelines for working in conflict zones.  

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