DWW 14th Humanitarian Medical Aid Course (HMAC)

Date: 2024 TBD

8 hours CPD

The Humanitarian Medical Aid Course is an educational experience like no other. Developed by Doctors Worldwide faculty and based on our 20+ years of experience in the development and emergency field, the institutional learning of sending volunteers overseas, and the questions and experiences this has evoked, the course is now in its fourteenth year. Having delivered to hundreds of people to date, and after a break due to COVID-19, the course is now open again to all healthcare professionals who are looking to begin their journey in the complex industry of humanitarian work, and want to make a difference to the world and the lives of others.

The course aims to share knowledge and experiences, encourage debate, promote reflection as well as have a good time networking, while introducing concepts around humanitarian medical emergencies and longer-term health development programmes.

This isn’t some run-of-the-mill didactic study day, or technical pre-deployment skills training. It is a course made rich by our faculty, and your participation.

Course Schedule

10 - 10.15

Registration and Coffee

10.15 - 10.30

Welcome and Introduction

10.30 - 11.00

Getting to know you (Dr Bushera Choudry, GP & DWW Chair)

11.00 - 11.55

Medical Response in Humanitarian Emergencies: A personal account and observations in responding to four types of emergencies (flood, earthquake, tsunami and conflict) (Dr Najeeb Rahman, EM Consultant & DWW Trustee)

11.55 - 12.45

Humanitarian Principles and Cultural Considerations: Humanitarian practice and contemporary challenges in delivering aid (Dr Saddaf Alam, GP & DWW Founder)

12.45 - 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 - 14.45

Principles of a Needs Assessment (Dr Andrew Lee, Senior University Tutor & Public Health Consultant)

14.45 - 16.20

Group Exercise: Dealing with uncertainty in Emergency Response (Faculty)

16.20 - 16.35

Coffee break

16.35 - 17.20

Health challenges in developing countries. A volunteer account.

Speaker Profiles

Bushera is a GP principal and trainer in Salford. She has a keen interest in teaching and is an experienced undergraduate tutor. She is an examiner for the University of Manchester Medical School. As part of her work with DWW she has worked in Kenya and is the newly appointed Chair from 2020.

Feedback & Testimonials

100% of participants found the course fulfilled their learning needs, with 95% rating the course as excellent (2018 Cohort)

“The course was fantastic! There was a lot of insight given into areas surrounding health and a lot of amazing stories and experiences shared. The team was amazing and respectful.”

“Had an amazing, insightful and inspiring two days! A great course, well set out and engaging. Really positive! Well led and organised.”

“The course was excellent! Well organised. I learnt so much. The group exercises were a really good way of learning about humanitarian response on day one and health development on day two. Thought-provoking two days.”

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