Innovative Education on Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Open Access

Stafford, Crystal Gayle (2014)

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The frequency of disasters is on the rise and this, combined with the vulnerability of many countries, makes for an urgent need to build the capacity of these vulnerable countries to prepare for and respond to disasters. The CDC's Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) is tasked with building this capacity by providing technical training on response for complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs), but the branch lacks the time and resources to respond to every request for training. In order to expand the reach and accessibility of its trainings, the goal of this special studies project was to begin the conversion of ERRB's curriculum to an online format.

This conversion began by adapting ERRB's introductory lectures on disasters and CHEs into five short video tutorials: Video 1 - Introduction to Disasters; Video 2 - Types of Disasters; Video 3 - Phases of a Disaster; Video 4 - CHEs: Causes and Characteristics; and Video 5 - CHEs: Underlying Factors. The first video introduces the topic of disasters, illuminating the rising frequency of disasters and the importance of an effective response. The next video discusses the major categories of disasters in more detail, providing examples of the types of impacts these disasters have on the affected population. The third video guides the learner through the four different phases of a disaster and discusses the main attributes of each phase, the impact each phase has on the surrounding population, and actions that can be taken to minimize impact. The fourth video discusses the causes and characteristics of CHEs, providing a brief background on armed conflict and discussing in more detail the impacts of CHEs. Finally, video five discusses the underlying political, economic, social, and cultural factors that contribute to CHEs. The crux of this video is that by understanding these underlying factors, practitioners can forecast the nature of the impact on the population as well as dictate an appropriate humanitarian response.

These videos are the first step in developing a curriculum that can serve to educate humanitarian workers on effective response in CHEs and build the capacity of the international community to prepare for and respond to disasters.

Table of Contents

Page 4 - Abstract

Page 6 - Acronyms

Page 7 - Chapter I - Introduction

Page 15 - Chapter II - Inventory of Current Offerings

Page 47 - Chapter III - Methods

Page 53 - Chapter IV - Deliverables

Page 62 - Chapter V - Discussion and Recommendations

Page 71 - References

Page 73 - Appendix I - Evaluation

Page 75 - Appendix II - Video Storyboards

Page 102 - Appendix III - Licensing Agreements

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