Welcome to Refugee Health Care Gilbert M. Burnham, MD, PhD Johns Hopkins University

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Welcome to
Refugee Health Care
Gilbert M. Burnham, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
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An Increasingly Important
Topic
Ù Today the lives of refugees are in
increasing danger.
Ù We are moving beyond traditional
definitions.
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An Increasingly Important
Topic
Ù People still flee across borders to
become refugees.
Ù We must help people displaced in their
own country.
Ù People with no place to flee are often
unseen by the media or international
observers.
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Changing Circumstances
Ù In the past, people fled individual
persecution.
Ù Today, they more commonly flee
violence – abuse of human rights and
state collapse.
Ù Organizations which once just cared
for refugees are now having to rebuild
health systems and social services.
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Purposes of the Course
Ù Assess the challenges of providing
care to displaced populations.
Ù Identify the resources available.
Ù Examine the difficult environment in
which refugees exist.
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Course Goal
Ù Give you a thorough understanding of
who refugees are, what they need, and
how to get them home again – or
someplace like home.
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Course Objectives
Ù Equip you with basic skills needed to
provide care to refugees including the
following:
– Planning skills.
– How to do an epidemiological
assessment.
– Skills to control communicable
disease.
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Course Objectives
Ù Equip you with basic skills needed to
provide care to refugees including the
following:
– Collecting information and doing
surveillance.
– Setting up environmental health
provisions.
– Meeting food and nutritional needs.
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Speakers for the Course
Ù Speakers for the course come from a
variety of background.
Ù Each is an expert in his or her field.
Ù Each brings a different perspective.
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Textbooks
Ù War and Public Health
– Pierre Perrin, Chief Medical Officer
– International Committee of the Red
Cross
Ù The Public Health Guide to Emergencies
(CD-ROM)
– By JHU faculty and the Red Cross
Ù Course Reader
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Course Assignments
Ù Three case studies to work on as
groups.
Ù Questions on the bulletin board to
discuss from time to time.
Ù LiveTalks
Ù A final paper
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Final Paper
Ù 2000 words on a refugee health topic
of your choice.
Ù This must be a serious paper, well
referenced, and with original thinking.
Ù The paper must be submitted a week
before the end of the term.
Ù We can provide assistance with
selecting a topic if you are stuck.
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Final Thoughts
Ù We very much look forward to having
you in the course, and we hope that
you will enjoy it.
Ù We look forward to your questions and
papers, which are interesting and
every year follow different themes.
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