H.E.L.P. is international humanitarian aid training organized jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), Japanese Red Cross Society, Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing.


All communication is conducted in English.

Target Group

The course is intended first and foremost for health professionals: doctors, nurses, nutritionists, environmental health engineers, epidemiologists, and public health officers. Other professionals holding decision-making positions in assistance or emergency programs are also welcome. At present, about 160 H.E.L.P. courses have been offered in 25 countries. Approximately 4,000 health professionals and aid workers have participated in these H.E.L.P. courses.

As held in Asia, the course in Japan will give priority to Asian candidates, particularly those working in countries affected by conflict or natural disasters..

Structure and Objectives

The course provides the public health tools necessary for making appropriate decisions in emergency situations involving large populations. The focus is on needs assessment, context analysis, planning and evaluation of activities, and on humanitarian principles and ethics in the practice of humanitarian action. The main topics include: economic security, water and habitat, environmental health, communicable diseases and epidemiology, and other subjects. It contains the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement wide field experiences shared by the Japanese Red Cross Society.

During the course the participants are encouraged to share their field experiences. The course prepares the ground for common approaches to public health among humanitarian organizations, thus contributing to better program coordination in emergency operations.

  • Initial assessment / planning
  • Environmental health and water supply
  • Epidemiological methods
  • Communicable disease control
  • Food and nutrition
  • Health care services, including mental health and reproductive health
  • Emergency response to natural disaster
  • Response to nuclear disasters
  • Dilemmas in humanitarian operations
  • Health and human rights
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Medical ethics and health professionals’ responsibilities
  • Security

Credits and Certificate

A H.E.L.P. certificate is awarded upon completion of course requirements.

Course dates, registration, fees and credits

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