Culture, Communication and Health

A course from International Health Exchange
addressing the issues of communication and partcipation
in cross-cultural settings


8-10 December 2000
1-3 June 2001
7-9 December 2001



The inspiration behind this course comes from seeing overseas aid workers become frustrated while operating in isolation from the societies in which they are working.

The effect can be damaging to programme implementation especially in regards to community involvement, capacity building and trust. Furthermore, it may lead to personnel problems between local and expatriate staff and create misunderstandings, poor team-work, the perpetuation of stereotypes and the evolution of an ex-pat culture.

What could be a culturally enriching experience can lead to irreparable damage to both the programme and personnel relations.

Course Aim

The course aims to address the issue of communication and local participation in a cross-cultural setting and to see the relevance of this in improving individual practice. Specifically it will help overseas aid workers:

·         Acquire skills for enhancing community and staff participation in project planning and implementation

·         Identify the role of culture in health practice, behaviour and beliefs

·         Improve their awareness and sensitivity to local cultures while operating in often troubling environments

Who is the Course for?

This three-day course is aimed at both aid workers who have worked overseas and those who are interested in working overseas.

Course Format

The course combines individual presentations from experienced aid workers from Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

The methodology uses a variety of participatory training methods such as case studies, simulation exercises, problem solving activities and group discussions along with some formal presentations.

Throughout the course participants are encouraged to share ideas and discuss issues arising from their own experiences of health care through group discussion and presentations.

Course Content

·       Introduction to medical anthropology

·       Introduction to participatory learning techniques

·       Understanding indigenous health behaviour, attitudes and beliefs

·       Communicating health through the lens of culture

·       Communication methods and approaches

·       The role of the media

·       What is culture and whose culture is it

Venue  Southwell House, London

Dates   8-10 Dec 2000 (Res), 1-3 June 2001 (Non-res), 7-9 Dec 2001 (Res)

Fees     £225 Individuals £275 Organisations (Res) ; £175 Individuals £225 Organisations (Non-res)

The fees include meals, course materials and tuition fees.


International Health Exchange
134 Lower Marsh
London SE1 7AE
Tel. 0207 620 3333
Fax. 0207 620 2277

Click here for APPLICATION FORM (MS Word format)

International Health Exchange (IHE) works to support health programmes in developing countries by providing appropriately experienced people to organisations requiring their skills:

·       We provide information about health jobs and  development issues through The Health Exchange magazine and its Job Supplement.

·       We identify health workers from our international register and networks for organisations recruiting for developing countries.

·       We provide training, information and advice to health workers working in international health.

International Health Exchange,
134 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE
Tel: 44 (0)20 7620 3333  Fax: 44 (0)20 7620 2277