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H.E.L.P. in JAPAN 2018

Health Emergencies in Large Populations
A training course for managing relief operations in humanitarian crisis

Course overview

Eighth H.E.L.P. training course in Japan will be held in Kyushu in September/October 2018. This is a multicultural and multidisciplinary learning experience created to enhance professionalism in humanitarian assistance conducted in emergency situations. Humanitarian workers and researchers are encouraged to participate to this 10 days advanced training course to develop their capacity in the management of health intervention during disasters, conflicts and other complex emergencies.
The course was created in 1986 by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Geneva. Since then roughly 160 H.E.L.P. courses have taken place in 25 countries with participation of around 4,000 health professionals and aid workers. In Japan, Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing (JRCKICN), Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), ICRC in partnership with WHO jointly organize the course.


To train professionals in the principles and practice of humanitarian action in response to disasters and major health crisis, with a focus on health needs, public health and health care responses, humanitarian law and ethics and contribute to academic training, research and development, in humanitarian action and health crisis.
At the end of the course, the participants will be able to describe essential public health, health care, management, legal and ethical issues and approaches in humanitarian action, in order to make relevant and ethical decisions.


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 programme 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

Date and Venue

The course will be held from September 25 to October 5, 2018. Lectures and group works begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

The course will be held at the campus of Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing, located in Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu island of Japan.


The course is intended first and foremost for health professionals: doctors, nurses, health workers, environmental health engineers, epidemiologists, and public health officers. NGOs, other professionals holding decision-making positions in assistance or emergency programs are also welcome.
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.


Working language of this course is English.

Course Material

Comprehensive course materials in soft copies will be provided to all participants as a part of their enrollment fee.

Credits and Certificate

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


Course fee is JPY 60,000 which must be paid in Japanese Yen. This does not include travel, accommodation and other miscellaneous costs.


Accommodation is at the “Global Arena” facility located 3km from the campus. The facility offers private rooms and various recreational activities. Wi-Fi Internet connection is available. Room rates are:

– Twin room (single-use) / without breakfast: JPY 8,640 per night or JPY 7,560 per night
– Twin room / without breakfast: JPY 6,912 per night or JPY 5,832 per night

Payment: Japanese Yen only.
Payment can be done by credit cards: VISA, Master Card

Booking of the accommodation can be done through H.E.L.P. Secretariat. Breakfast and dinner are available at the Global Arena with reasonable prices. Lunch will be available in the campus dining- hall from Monday to Saturday. Free shuttle bus service is arranged between the college and the Global Arena during the course. Please refer to for more information.

*Please note that you are required to book your accommodation on September 29 by yourself due to the Global Arena is fully booked up.
With regard to booking accommodation on September 29, H.E.L.P. Secretariat is not responsible for it.

Application Procedure

The number of participants is, in principle, limited to 25*.
Please download application forms of H.E.L.P. in Japan 2018 from the website. Duly filled application forms must be submitted to H.E.L.P. Secretariat by email by June 29, 2018. Upon the selection of participants, applicants will be informed the result by email no later than July 15, 2018.
*The minimum number of participants is 15.

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Selected participants must complete E-Learning course at
prior to H.E.L.P.2018 course start date and required to present a course certificate.

H.E.L.P. Secretariat in Japan 2018:

Research Center for International Programs and Services
Japanese Red Cross Kyushu International College of Nursing
1-1 Asty, Munakata City, Fukuoka 811-4157, JAPAN
Tel: +81-940-35-7001 Fax: +81-940-35-7021