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Disaster & Refugee Response

Introduction to Disaster and Refugee Response:
SPHERE International Standards and Principles

 June 15th – 18th, 2016

For all learners – respond with life-saving and dignity-upholding measures

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The Christian Health Service Corps Introduction to Refugee and Disaster Response course is a a must for anyone interested in responding to humanitarian crisis around the world; whenever and wherever it may occur. Many secular and faith based organizations rush in to help when disaster strikes. They often do so without a clear understanding of their role or the established minimum standards for working with disaster affected populations.

This course is an introduction to the minimum standards in disaster and refugee response. It is the Sphere minimum standards course as developed by the international disaster response community.  The Sphere is based on the International Humanitarian Charter that puts the right to life with dignity, security, protection and assistance at the center of disaster response. It promotes the active participation of affected populations as well as of local and national authorities. SPHERE TRAINING IS RARELY HELD IN THE USA, so this is a unique opportunity to acquire this training without traveling outside the USA.

The minimum standards cover four primary life-saving areas of refugee and disaster response relief efforts: water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion; food security and nutrition; shelter, settlement and non-food items; and health action. Those who complete this training may be placed on the Christian Health Service disaster response team list. This course is offered at the CHSC Shalom Retreat and Training Center in North East Texas.

Cost of the course is $650 which includes tuition and room & board for the time of the course. For more information you can contact us at info@healthservicecorps.org

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