Military Medical Support in Humanitarian Arena Course

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) Ghana will run a 2-week Maritime Security and Transnational Organized Crime Course, sponsored by Germany.


Course Date/Duration: 08 to 12 July 2019
Course Capacity: 20 participants
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019


Currently we are facing a high number of armed conflicts all over the world. Especially Africa is battered by numerous of these conflicts, which hinder the continent on its way to peace, democracy and prosperity.
Mission environments are mostly different from the regular work environments people are accustomed to. Much as it is desirable to have peace around us, the environments within which we work is an enabler or a dream killer. Mission environments are typically not very conducive, talk about general living conditions, weather, food, language, epidemic, and medical situation on the ground.
The medical support is not only focused on one “provider” like Military Hospitals, a lot of different organisations are offering immediate medical support. All these actions and organisation have to be coordinated closely and they should have shared their experiences on the ground.
As military forces face increasingly complex scenarios requiring crises management on the sector of medical care that involves both civilian and military instruments, it is necessary to define their interaction at the civil-military interface by means of sound policy and doctrine. In addition to that, challenges also need to be addressed by appropriate education and training efforts.


The one-week Military Medical Support in Humanitarian Arena Course is designed by and conducted at the KAIPTC to expose participants to relevant and current skills, expertise and best practices in the domain of medical support and cooperation within the broader African context in general and West Africa specifically. The course facilitation team will be composed of resource persons from Training Institutions in Africa and Universities from US and Europe, NGOs, Peacekeeping Practitioners, as well as academia among others.


The overall aim of the course is to familiarize the participants with the principle of medical support at the civil-military interface, offers a platform for discussions and allows for a practical application of skills and knowledge during a top table exercise. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain an enhanced understanding of the interface between the military and civilian sphere and serves as a forum for mutual exchange. Networking is an important tool for a quick and successfully support.


  • The overall training objectives for the MMSHA are:
  • Understanding the complex environment of humanitarian support in conflict scenarios
  • Understanding the different agendas of the main civilian and military stakeholders in international crises management
  • Knowing the international guidelines, concepts and principles
  • Knowing the international guidelines, concepts and principles applying to complex emergencies
  • Understanding in the interdependence of health and human security.
  • Understand capacity building programs to strengthen health system in conflict-affected states by joint health and security actors.
  • Promoting the ICRC ‘Health care in danger’ project on ethics, rights and responsibilities of the staff of health and pre-hospital personnel, issues related to international law and humanitarian law, international human rights, caregivers and patient safety as well as the role of communities to address and reduce violence against health care
  • Understanding the main frameworks in disaster risk reduction, prevention, mitigation
  • Understanding the tools to gain situation awareness
    • health infrastructure (overwhelmed local health systems)
    • surveillance of infectious and non-communicable disease
    • climate associated restrictions on access to safe water and food
    • emerging environmental conditions
    • dynamics in migration
    • information sharing
    • early warning systems


Participation in the Course will be by invitation to targeted individuals and/or Ministries of Defence in the West Africa Region (member States of ECOWAS); additionally, the course will be advertised via KAIPTC Webpage / LMS.

Chief Medical and Force Medical Officers from AU/ECOWAS and EU Missions;
Selected ECOWAS personnel;
Selected and nominated Mission personnel;
International military personnel preparing to serve at UN/NATO/EU-Mission HQs as Medical-, CIMIC-, Legal- Advisors /Staff officers;
International civil military personnel preparing to serve at UN-Mission HQs at Joint Mission Analysis;
International civil military personnel preparing to serve for IO’s, GO’s and NGO’s in complex emergency environments;
Participants will come from civilian, police and military backgrounds;

The gender aspect will be taken into consideration; (depends on applications and nominations)
Participants must be able to speak and write fluently in English;
The participants will be selected with attention to a balanced geographical, ethnical, gender and professional distribution.


The course is planned to cover the following modules:

  • Principles of Humanitarian Assistance Humanitarian Crises and Sphere standards
  • Civ. Mil Humanitarian Assistance in Complex Emergencies
  • Medical UN Principles and Guidelines
  • Peacekeeping & Stabilization Missions, Principles, Structures and Functions
  • International Health Regulations and Conflict, UN Cluster System
  • Humanitarian Assistance & SSR incl. Health Security
  • Disaster Management Cycle & Medical Support in Operations
  • Health Programs in Conflict Tactic & Operation
  • Health Intelligence & Medical Mission Analysis
  • Coordination with other Stakeholders (AU/EU/NATO)
  • Mental Health in Emergencies
  • Top Table Exercise


  • Participatory, problem-based learning approaches using facilitated discussions
  • Theoretical sessions with practical application
  • Practice sessions to allow for application of information and concepts presented
  • Drawing on participants’ individual experience and subject matter expertise
  • Top table exercise

The course will be conducted in English.


Interested applicants are requested to kindly fill and submit an online application form
Access the application form using the link Access to LMS

Cost of travel, accommodation and feeding for participants will be covered by the KAIPTC. (Sponsored by German Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Contact at KAIPTC

Mrs Marylyn Agblor
Training Coordination Officer
Tel. 00 233 (0) 302 718200 Ext. 1012
Fax. 00 233 (0) 302 718201

LtCol Michael Reinwald
Course Director
Tel.: +233 (0) 55 8586824 or (0) 555 61 7001
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