Today, almost 80 million people need humanitarian aid as a result of natural disasters and armed conflict. It is calculated that approximately four million people have lost their lives in the past two decades because of these causes, and over 1,000 million people have been affected in different ways.

The mobility and intervention of health staff in low-income countries, with a multicultural population, or countries with a health system overstretched by a catastrophe, are becoming more and more frequent. The need for specific health training in the field of emergencies and disasters is also becoming more apparent.

The course on Health Care in crisis situations was created with this objective. It seeks to provide public health professionals with the basics and main principles to de considered in health care, to respond to an emergency. The course will take place on 19th and 20th September, within the programme of the Public Health School of Menorca. It also gives a global view of international response operations and health interventions in emergency and disaster situations. Hence, it is also addressed to journalists who usually cover this type of information.

Tutors will be Daniel López Acuña, ex advisor to the directorate general of the World Health Organization; Pedro Arcos González, director of the Department of Research in Emergencies and Disasters of the Universidad de Oviedo and Carmen Limiñana, expert in emergencies and disasters.

Coorindated by Graziella Almendral, director of Indagando TV, the enrolment in the Health care in crisis situations course is subsidized by the Esteve Foundation with 100 euros.