Global Health Summer 2016
Beyond Trauma: Political Violence, Refugees, Empowerment and Health
The Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Germany (IPPNW) are hosts of the 6th Global Health Summer School (August 28th - September 3rd) in Berlin.
This year’s Summer School will explore the relationships between political violence, trauma, empowerment and health in the light of the current refugee crisis. As future health professionals it is important to develop a basic understanding of trauma caused by “men made disasters” and the social determinants of health and healing. During the week we will also address the root causes of refugee movements and explore the social and political situation in the host countries. We will learn from and discuss with refugees about the challenges and needs of refugee communities and assess what they do or need to improve their health.
Participants will gain a thorough understanding of issues related to trauma and refugee health and its determinants through interactive lectures, workshops, excursions as well as skills training.
Everlyne Achieng (Kenya) and Jihad Suliman (Syria)
Everlyne Achieng: I am very grateful that I was enabled to attend this year’s Global Health Summer School. I must say it was an eye-opening experience for me, an opportunity to learn, interact and network. On behalf of the Summer School participants, I would like to sincerely thank IPPNW Germany and the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Summer School for a job well done. Congratulations! More
Jihad Suliman: Enriching, informative and unique, this is how the Global Health Summer Schools’s experience was to me. The summer school gave me the opportunity to interact with open-minded and highly motivated young people who came from different cultures and backgrounds, young people who sat together and exchanged their experiences and discussed the topic from different aspects. Moreover, the lecturers were diverse in regard to their specializations and previous experiences, thus, more colorful brush strokes were added to the topic’s whole picture, as a result, my horizon was even more widened. More