Obstetrics Unplugged

Humanitarian aid workers that are sent on international disaster missions are often confronted with pregnant women and women giving birth. Important decisions regarding the well-being of mother and child have to be made without suitable intruments or any other support. For those aid workers that are not specialized in sexual und reproductive health (SRH) this involves a great amount of uncertainties.

The course "Obstetrics Unplugged" is desigend to provide non-specialist humanitarian actors with theoretical and practical knowledge in an experience oriented manner enabling them to gain confidence on the topic of SRH and to secure the best possible outcome for mother and child.

Dates:

  • Date: Start Friday, 09.06.2017 at 2 p.m. ends Sunday 11.06.2017 at 1 p.m.
  • Target groups: doctors (not specialized in obstetrics), nursing staff & students of medicine
  • Participation fee: 360 Euro (doctors), 290 nursing staff
  • Registration: Get in contact here. or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Language: German ( a very good command of the German language is needed)
  • Event Location: Herrenberg, Germany
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Registration deadline: 10 days before the seminar, max. participants 12, min. participants 6

As the number of participants is limited, places wil be awarde upon receipt of the payment. Should you have any enquiries, require further information or if there is anything else we can do for you, you can get in touch with Tina Werringloer + 49 7032 916580.

Sphere Training

The Sphere Project – or ‘Sphere’ – was initiated in 1997 by a group of humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Their aim was to improve the quality of their actions during disaster response and to be held accountable for them. They based Sphere’s philosophy on two core beliefs: first, that those affected by disaster or conflict have a right to life with dignity and, therefore, a right to assistance; and second, that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of disaster or conflict. Striving to support these two core beliefs, the Sphere Project framed a Humanitarian Charter and identified a set of minimum standards in key life-saving sectors which are now reflected in the Handbook’s four technical chapters: water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion; food security and nutrition; shelter, settlement and non-food items; and health action. The Core Standards are process standards and apply to all technical chapters.

  • Date: 28.10.2017
  • Target groups: humanitarian aid workers, doctors, nursing staff & students of medicine, anybody interested and engaged in humanitarian aid work
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  • Location: Herrenberg, Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany
  • Teilnahmegebühr: 150 Euro
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Sphere Training of Trainers

Organisation: RedR in cooperation with planP

Date: 2. – 05.03.2017

Time: 9 am to 6 pm

Minimum participants: 10

Maximum participants: 12

Participation fee: 1.290,00 Euro

Location: Stuttgart, Airport Messe

Registration deadline: 04.01.2017

Application form here.

About the course: The Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response have become one of the most widely recognized tools for improving humanitarian action and accountability. The application of its principles, standards, and indicators, however, could be further improved by ensuring that adequate training is available. The intention of the Sphere Training of Trainers course is to fill this gap by preparing individuals to promote learning on applying the Sphere Handbook. This course will prepare you to train others on applying the Sphere Project's principles, standards, and indicators. It aims to promote effective Sphere training as a means to ensure aid workers are equipped with the skills and knowledge they require to deliver successful humanitarian aid programmes. You will learn from experience, observation, and feedback in highly participatory activities. The skills you gain will be put into practice and developed as you plan and deliver your own short Sphere training sessions. Successful participants will be eligible to be listed in the Sphere trainers’ database after undergoing this training and delivering at least two Sphere workshops.

Enrolment: Interested participants can apply via our application form. All applications will be reviewed. Applicants meeting the pre-requisites for the course will be informed and emailed further instructions on how to complete their booking.

Who should attend? The course is aimed at individuals from humanitarian and development agencies with at least two years' experience in disaster response, prevention, mitigation and/or preparedness. Ideal candidates will have specific responsibilities linked to quality and accountability and a good working knowledge of the Sphere Handbook (2011 Edition).

Registration will take place from 8.45 am on Thursday (2.3.2017). Training will begin at 9.00 am and finish at 6.00 pm each day. Participants will be actively encouraged to engage in classroom discussions, group work and a simulation or case study. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of field logistics in a humanitarian disaster. The fees are inclusive of all training resources and refreshments.

Same Same - But Different. Cross-Cultural Communication

In an increasingly globalised world and in particular during a humanitarian mission we meet people of diverse cultural backgrounds and their system of value. Even under everyday conditions cultural differences in behaviour may lead to irritation and confusion when you experience strange behaviour and have no context for understanding the foreign environment. During a humanitarian mission we do not only meet people with a foreign cultural background – we meet people under absolutely exceptional circumstances. Needless to say – so does your vis-à-vis.

„An enourmous amout of compassion - and a thick skin“ are key factors for a successful mission. In other words: personal qualities such as high empathic capabilities, cultural sensitivity and high frustration tolerance are the main criteria that determine success or failure of the operation. This seminar not only aims to raise cultural awareness towards foreign cultural values systems but also to intensivly explore your own culture imprint such as your own societal values and standards. We would like to give you useful suggestions, tips and advice how to estabilsh a dialogue with your counterpart, thereby creating a wider understanding of the communication processes that leads to mutual understanding, comprehension and trust.

  • Seminar content: basics of intercultural competence, prevention of „culture clashes“, handling of culture shock, observation exercises, simulations, team developement, team roles and responsibilities, time for country-specific peculiarities
  • Target audience: humanitarian aid workers (multidiciplinary)
  • Date: 05.-06.08.2017
  • Participation fee: 170 Euro p. Person

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Preparedness Training - for Grassroot Communities in Myanmar

This course is designed to better prepare grassroot communities for weather, food, health emergencies and other catastrophic events. The one week curriculum includes training on various components of emergency preparedness such as hygiene, health, nutrition, hazardous weather, resilient building for coastal and inland grassroot communities. Furthermore it includes a swimming course for women and children who are more often victim to drowning during hazardous weather.

Community leaders have the opportunity to enhance their communities ability to prepare for and recover from diffent kinds of disasters. The purpose of this course is to

feature best practices that may increase community shelter cpacity while addressing important concerns such as sustainability and regional culture.

Date: April 3rd – April 10th 2016 Magee Zin Village, Myanmar

Date: April 15th – April 22nd 2016 Gon Min Myaung, Myanmar

Capacity Building & Training - Summer School Gon Min Myaung

This project specifically addresses the well-being of children and youth. This one-week intensive course on Capacity Building & Training enables children to strengthen their capabilities to look after themselves, plan, develope manual skills, maintain health and general upgrading of performance ability.

  • Date: April 23rd – Apirl 30th 2016, Gon Min Myaung, Myanmar

Dare to venture - Finding your way into humanitarian aid.

Have you been comtemplating to work in the field of humanitarian aid? Are you fascinated by disaster aid but it remains something of a mystery to you? Are you wondering if there is any need for your area of expertise and if in consequence you can find an organisation willing to send you on a mission?

Then you’ve arrived at the right place. Our one-day-seminar will provide you with an overview of the range of possibilities in the field of international humanitarian aid.

At the end of this workshop you will have recieved a basic introduction to the key issues of humanitarian aid work. You will learn the codes and standards of humanitarian aid and starting with internships and volunteering, learn more about job possibilities and career opportunities in this line of work. This course provides you with the opportunity to exchange information and experience with other participants and learn from experienced aid workers.

  • Course content: disaster cycle, standards and principles of humanitarian aid, personal challenges and occupational opportunities, presentation of various job possibilities in the humanitarian sector, training possibilities
  • Target audience: open to all interested participants that have no prior experience in humanitarian aid and would like to gain a deeper insight. Medical professionals, engineers, architects, different craft professions, educators, psychologists and so on...

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With our courses, which cover different aspects of humanitarian aid, we aim to systematically prepare you how to deal with „everyday life" during a catastrophe and to adapt to the changed situations regarding security and interact with the disaster survivors.

Who should attend? Not only life-savers, first-responders, all types of medical personnel, we encourage everybody who would like to begin a career in the humanitarian sector, or persons who simply feel responsible, to participate.
Since the actual first-responders after a catastrophe are those affected first-hand by the disaster and not as often assumed the international NGOs or skilled medical personnel, we focus our support on the most vulnerable and poor.

We provide practical preparedness trainings, not only for humanitarian aid workers, but also for people who deal with disasters on a regular base, the grassroot-communities.

We provide the necessary knowledge by working with them in the field and aim to enhance the sustainable knowledge to be self-prepared. The objective of our hands-on training is to strengthen the community and improve personal knowledge such as: hygiene education, recovery and livelihood.

If you would like to be informed as soon as our regularly updated programme is online, just send us your request.

Naturally we are also gladly ready to deal with your individual course requests and can offer you tailor made courses. We are available at any time for your individual questions and requests for information.