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MPW newsletter 12-2019

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MPW newsletter 12-2019
by Klaus Melf - Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 12:25 AM

Dear MPW students and friends:
In uncertain times, peace and non-violence change is needed. The upcoming year offers many opportunities for peace capacity building and social action. Our next MOOC round, the fourth PEGASUS Conference, the first IPPNW World Congress in Africa, and a new Global Health Summer School are presented in this newsletter.

Wishing everyone a happy festive season and peace & health for 2020,
Dr. med. Klaus Melf


1. Sixth round of MPW MOOCs in January/February
In the beginning of 2020, the University of Bergen offers a new run of our massive open online courses on the role of healthcare in maintaining and building peaceful societies. The two independent courses will be offered consecutively, with three weeks of duration each: 

Global health, conflict and violence starts on January 6th 2020. The course includes three hours of training per week and uses the following cases: "Peace-health work in armed conflict", "Health responses to a nuclear explosion", and "Health effects of climate change". Please find attached the course flyer and spread the word!

The second course, Addressing violence in patient care, starts on January 27th, and uses the following three cases: "Preventing and addressing domestic violence", "Healthcare for refugees", and "Recognising and healing the effects of torture".

More information and registration:


2. PEGASUS Conference in April

The fourth PEGASUS conference will look at the topics migration, climate change, and sustainable development. The conference will engage the next generation of leaders by bringing together health professionals, policymakers, academics, researchers, students, health-related organizations, community members, and an array of speakers to share ideas and strategies about Global Health. Welcome to Waterloo, Canada, on April 24th-26th 2020.

More information and registration:

3. IPPNW World Congress in May – the first one in Africa
The IPPNW World Congress 2020 takes place in Kenya from May 25th - 29th .  The program offers a series of plenaries and sessions that strongly reinforce IPPNW's mission and priorities as well as the theme of the congress Disarmament, Development and Health. The content framework for the congress will be organized in four major “streams” that will flow throughout the three days. All streams cover important medical peace work issues related to nuclear weapons and energy, climate change, militarism, health diplomacy, and sustainable development.

Workshops and talks will also be given on the health workers role in promoting peace, how to enhance the peace capacity, and from coursework to community action. A MPW partner meeting will be hold during the congress.

More information about the IPPNW World Congress and registration:

4. Global Health Summer School in July
From July 26th - August 1st 2020, the annual Global Health Summer School will take place in Berlin, Germany. The one-week full-time course is organised by the Charité Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, the German Platform for Global Health, and IPPNW Germany. The aim of the Summer School is to have an interdisciplinary and critical discussion on current themes in health. This year the Summer School is titled Trauma and Health in the Context of Violent Conflict, Climate Crisis and Displacement. Through a participatory learning approach, we hope to provide an international cohort of students and young professionals with the opportunity to immerse themselves in this topic. The programme will include relevant theoretical and practical perspectives in the form of collaborative seminars, case studies, skills workshops, presentations, group work and excursions. The application process starts on April 1st 2020.

More information:



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