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Launch of Global e-Learning Course in Medical Peace Work

26 March 2008

UCL’s Centre for International Health and Development has collaborated with the University of Tromso, Norway and partners in three other European countries to produce a new online interactive course in Medical Peace Work. The project was funded by the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci programme.

Launch of the Medical Peace Work course

At the University Hospital North Norway, Ole Danbolt Mjøs,
Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, hands over the
first CD-ROM to physician and potential MPW student
Morten Skandfer.

The course will enable physicians, medical students and health workers around the world to improve their skills in violence prevention and peace-building.
The course is the world’s first of its kind and it applies the latest e-learning technology in offering seven separate but interlinked modules. It is available free of charge.

Mike Rowson from CIHD and Maria Kett from the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre led UCL’s contributions to the project. Mike Rowson also edited the accompanying digital textbook.

The course’s 79 lessons and 21 interactive case studies reflect its broad definition of the role of health workers in conflict and peace work and range across subjects as diverse as chemical warfare, refugees, domestic violence and the underlying causes of violent conflict.

The course is also available on CD-ROM. For more information visit http://www.medicalpeacework.org.