The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and The University of Manchester have announced plans to launch a postgraduate teaching programme in the field of global health.
The teaching and research partnership will be coordinated through the University’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and will encourage collaborative research between the HCRI, the IFRC’s Learning and Knowledge Sharing Network and the 186 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world. Staff and volunteers within the movement are often on the frontline of health emergencies and so may be invaluable sources of information and advice for students.
The curriculum will cover issues such as emergency humanitarian assistance, water and sanitation, health needs in specific types of crises, health promotion and disease prevention, and disaster preparedness and mitigation.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester, and Dr. Mukesh Kapila, Under Secretary General, IFRC, will officially launch this partnership by signing a Memorandum of Agreement at a ceremony to be held at the University of Manchester today. Following the signing of the document, Dr. Kapila will give a keynote address on ‘Experimenting with leadership: trials and tribulations.’ There will also be time for a question and answer session after the talk.
Dr. Kapila said that with health and humanitarian challenges becoming more complex, there was a vital need for a new generation of thinkers and leaders able to engage with the issues and develop new strategies for the future. “This partnership links The University of Manchester’s excellence in the humanities, health sciences and technologies with the dedication of millions of Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers,” he said. “Together, we can learn, innovate, and develop the knowledge that will directly improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”
Professor Tony Redmond, HCRI deputy director, said: “This relationship progresses the aims of both organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable people through humanitarian practices which are informed by the vital link up of rigorous research and teaching. We are proud to invest in the pioneering collaborative venture with the IFRC.”