“There is a desperate need for Radical Humanitarians. Stay humble and culturally sensitive.” –TRH2017 participant
Global humanitarian response involves all health professionals. Providers play a critical role in improving and providing humanitarian responses. However, there are very few formalized training programs in Humanitarian Assistance for practicing providers. This program offers innovative training to prepare providers for critical roles in advancing care and service during humanitarian response, rebuilding, and preparedness.
In 2017, we delivered training in Global Health and Humanitarian Assistance to Thirty-two participants:
- 14 Pharmacists
- 16 Nurses
- 2 Others
2017 Program Objectives were to:
- Enhance the general knowledge and capacity of providers about Humanitarian Assistance, including building familiarity with humanitarian guidelines, standards, and principles.
- Prepare providers for the critical role they play in advancing care and service during humanitarian response.
- Provide and practice critical analysis skills necessary for emergency and rebuilding responses.
- Create new leaders among providers to improve the quality of Humanitarian Assistance provided.
The Radical Humanitarian® delivered on all of the major domains of Core Humanitarian Competencies outlined by The Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA), including:
- Understanding humanitarian contexts and applying humanitarian principles
- Achieving results
- Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
- Operating safely and securely at all times
- Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment
- Demonstrating leadership in humanitarian response
“To be effective, humanitarian aid needs to be a thoughtful, collaborative intervention.
Humility and cultural understanding are key.” –TRH2017 participant
“In order to help others, we need to first know what they want from us
and not what we think they need.” –TRH2017 participant
- Define humanitarian assistance (HA); describe ethical dilemmas related to HA; and list effective strategies for implementation.
- Formulate next steps to sustain humanitarian efforts.
- Identify mental health and psychosocial support in programs and apply self-care.
- Give examples of cultural sensitivity and the necessity of working with traditional healers.
- Describe the role of pharmacists/nurses in short-term medical missions and construct plans for application of these roles after appropriate training.
- Categorize types of inventory/donations, and other resources. Define antibiotic stewardship. Apply this knowledge.
- Describe team structures and roles and list essential drugs and health kits. Apply this information.
- Recall the history of HA and describe its implementation process including principles and current guidelines and standards.
- “To be effective, humanitarian aid needs to be a thoughtful, collaborative intervention. Humility and cultural understanding are key.”
- “In order to help others, we need to first know what they want from us and not what we think they need.”
- “This program made me think of the number of disasters that have occurred in my lifetime and how complex these situations are and the need for assistance.”
- My takeaway from the program was not to just show up to help but to link my involvement with a program that is coordinated with the humanitarian aid.”
- “I have always wanted to do humanitarian work, but have been afraid to cause more harm than good.TRH will help me be a responsible caregiver who provides excellent, ethical care.”