Title Medical Peace Work II - Educating health professionals in violence prevention and peacebuilding
Project Number 2009-1-NO1-LEO05-01029
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Medical Peace Work is an online learning material for health professionals in violence prevention and peace building. It consists of internet databases with a collection of available teaching resources, as well as the following interactive online courses with tbooks, e-cases and standardised test questions:
1) Health workers, conflict and peace
2) Medicine, health and human rights
3) War, weapons and strategies of violent conflict
4) Structural violence and the underlying causes of violent conflict
5) Peace through Health in violent conflict
6) Refugee and migration challenges
7) Prevention of interpersonal and self- directed violence.
With the aim to reach out to different health profession groups in Europe, the project has produced fully referenced PowerPoint presentations, teaching papers, fact posters, an e-book and a video show reel. All material is available at www.medicalpeacework.org.
Medical Peace Work is a new field of expertise that seeks to strengthen the skills and competencies of health professionals within violence prevention and peace building. Medical Peace Work-II (MPW-II) builds directly on the training resources, new knowledge and competence synergies produced by the Leonardo da Vinci pilot project Medical Peace Work, conducted and successfully completed 2005-2008. Whereas the pilot project focused on physicians as its primary target group, MPW-II intends to make the Medical Peace Work material acknowledged, relevant and visible for the different health profession groups in Europe.
In close dialogue with user groups, adjusted versions of the Medical Peace Work online training material are being produced, and the Medical Peace Work textbook will be published in a professional e-book version. And in order to make MPW more visible in the everyday life of European health professionals, the partners produce ‘fact posters’, a ‘video show reel’, and a ‘peace kit for health workers’.
Representing health authorities, training institutions, hospitals, health worker associations and NGOs, the MPW consortium works to obtain formal accreditation for the seven MPW online courses and integrate them further into European health training. The goal is to make violence prevention and peace building an integral part of the training provided to European health professionals.
The project activities and outcomes are conducted in relation to three cross-cutting dimensions: Thematic, sectoral and geographic. Dynamic dialogue and exchange of ideas are the ‘engine’ in the project. The project benefits from the flexibility provided by new communication technology as well as the energy and creativity that comes with working together in person.
Medical Peace Work is a new and constantly evolving area of expertise, and all the products and processes are geared towards further development and expansion.
Health professionals are often the first ones who discover that direct or structural violence has taken place. However, they usually have not learned how to work towards violence prevention and how to deal with conflicts.
Through the Medical Peace Work online courses and other training material health professionals get the opportunity to strengthen their skills within violence prevention and peace building, which contributes to both professional and personal development.
Strengthened competence among staff in hospitals and other health institutions also implies improvements with regard to quality of health care provision. Workshops, symposia and the web-based resource centre increases the training capacity of VET-teachers in the health sector.
With MPW-II, the training options available to health professionals will be improved, both thematically and through innovative training methodology applying new technology. Cross- cultural and cross-national exchange of skills, knowledge and staff resources will be made possible since all MPW-II material is of an international nature. European health professionals gain conflict competencies which they can apply both, at home and abroad.
Medical Peace Work-II (MPW-II) builds directly on the training resources, new knowledge and competence synergies produced by the Leonardo da Vinci pilot project Medical Peace
Work, 2005-2008. The Medical Peace Work pilot focused on developing the thematic platform and define essential theoretical and practical issues in building a comprehensive online course and online resource centre available to physicians and their trainers free of charge. MPW-II intends to make this material acknowledged, relevant and visible across Europe.
Through extensive dialogue with short-term and long-term user groups, the partners adjust the online course contents to suit the training needs of different health professional groups.
In addition to physicians, MPW-II user groups include nurses, midwives, public health officers, pharmacists, psychologists, hospital staff and other health sector staff. The project engages these groups and their vocational trainers through a series of user dialogue workshops supported by online discussion forums, and compiled online resource centre inputs. Parallel to the user group dialogues the partners strengthen their interaction with training institutions, hospitals, health worker associations and non-government organisations (NGOs) in order to obtain formal accreditation for the Medical Peace Work online courses and integrate it further into European health training. The goal is to make violence prevention and peacebuilding an integral part of the training provided to European health professionals.
The project activities and outcomes are conducted in relation to three cross-cutting dimensions: Thematic, sectoral and geographic. The thematic aspect concerns the actual contents of the material produced, such as online courses and curricula. The sectoral aspect concerns with whom we liaise in defining the needs and in adjusting the contents. And with the geographic dimension we design processes and products so that they reach our target groups as extensively as possible, both physically and through the internet.
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
open and distance learning
transparency and certification
material for open learning
Product information We plan to produce ‘fact posters’, a ‘video show reel’, and a ‘peace kit for health workers’.