jointly organised by the

World Health Organization and the University of Linköping, Sweden


Information Sheet

This course fills a gap that is not met by currently available international training courses. It deals with risks, emergencies and disasters, but it presents them as development issues, rather than humanitarian response events. It introduces the concept of Community Risk Management as a framework for policy making and planning within the national development process. In that development context, the course demonstrates ways to implement risk management policies at community level. It familiarises health managers with policy, planning and organisational aspects of risk management by standardising knowledge of the relevant technical areas in health and health-related disciplines, and emphasises the need for inter-sectoral co-operation in implementation. Special emphasis is put on vulnerability reduction as a link between emergency managers and development planners, under a Community Risk Management framework.

The course is specifically designed for senior managers from the health and related sectors (such as from Civil Defence, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, disaster co-ordination bodies, ngo and the emergency services, such as ambulance, police and fire departments) of developing countries, who have responsibilities in the area of emergency management. It will suit best candidates from countries which already have the resources needed to implement community risk management programmes. The course also accepts staff from international development and humanitarian agencies (governmental and non-governmental) which are interested to add Community Risk Management to their development assistance programmes. It is of limited interest to those working only in disaster relief.

The course is structured as three modules under which particular topics are presented in terms of policy, planning and strategic operational issues. The modules are:

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, simulation exercises, case studies, discussion groups and visits to relevant specialist institutions. Faculty include staff from the Department of Disaster Medicine of the University of Linköping in Sweden, the School of the Built Environment of the University of Coventry in the uk, the College of Public Health of the University of the Philippines, the Australian Emergency Management Institute, the Centres for Disease Control in the usa, the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Monastir in Tunisia and experts from who technical programmes.

Those who successfully complete the residential component and then submit a written dissertation on an approved topic within six months will be eligible for the Diploma in Health Risk Management given by the University of Linköping. All academic aspects of the awarding of the Diploma are the responsibility of the University, while who is responsible for the organisation and administration of the course.

A high level of proficiency in English is required by the University for acceptance on the course and full attendance in the residential component is a condition for awarding the attendance certificate and the Diploma.

The next course is tentatively planned for September and October 2000. The residential component is of five weeks duration, is limited to 20 places and will be given partly in Tunisia and partly in Sweden. The cost is approximately usd 3500, which covers all fees, accommodation and local living expenses, but does not cover airfares, insurance and personal spending money. Sponsorship to attend the course is available for people from developing countries through who, other un agencies and bilateral donors; further information is available from the Ministry of Health in your country.

Details regarding the next course and application forms will be available after September 1999, when you may contact:


WHO Mediterranean Centre for Vulnerability Reduction

10 rue Hannibal

Gammarth Superieur

2070 La Marsa, Tunis



phone +216-1-774564

fax +216-1-741170