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Who Trains Tomorrow’s International Doctors and Nurses?

Friday, April 29th, 2022 |

  Who trains the healthcare professionals who will go on to serve with Doctors Without Borders, Samaritans Purse, the United Nations, or International Medical Corps? Mainstream healthcare education does not prepare them for work in low-resource and international settings. Quite the opposite, in fact.   Barriers to effective, longer-term service in international health are enormous: […]

Uncommon Valor: John Testrake

Friday, April 8th, 2022 |

  Frodo: “I wish none of this had happened.” Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”   In 1989 I arrived in the capital city of Angola, […]

Join INMED’s Refugee Care Simulation on June 10-11

Thursday, March 31st, 2022 |

  Are you distressed over the millions of Ukrainians bombed out of their homes? Do you feel a burden in your soul to act on their behalf? Then join INMED’s Refugee Care Simulation at the Humanitarian Health Conference in Kansas City on June 10-11.   Day One of this event will reinforce your understanding of worldwide […]

Refugee Care: Resolution Phase

Friday, March 25th, 2022 |

  How long does one remain a refugee?  Imagine abandoning your home over fear of losing your life, and then often living without family, possessions, livelihood, or ability to plan for your future. Even with significant assistance, such a limbo existence must be as short as possible. Now we consider Refugee Care, Phase 4, the […]

Refugee Care: Maintenance Phase

Friday, March 18th, 2022 |

  The emergency phase of refugee care requires immediate shelter, nutrition, and medical intervention. If the displacement extends beyond a period of weeks, additional human needs must be addressed. Phase 3, the Maintenance Phase, has begun.   Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as of this writing, some 4 million refugees have sought safety in […]

Refugee Care: Emergency Phase

Friday, March 11th, 2022 |

  Despite skilled negotiation when conflict appears imminent, the pre-emergency phase, diplomatic forces often fail. Conflict irrupts. Civilians are threatened with violence, repression, hunger, and disease. Faced with little alternative, they flee their homes seeking immediate safety, commonly traveling by foot with only the barest of possessions or provisions.   On Thursday, February 20, 2022, […]

Refugee Care: Pre-Emergency Phase

Friday, March 4th, 2022 |

  This winter I am teaching the INMED International Refugee Care Course. In January and February, we explored the notable crises in Venezuela, Yemen, Syria, and surrounding nations. 12 days ago, as hundreds of thousands of women and children fled Ukraine, an INMED learner remarked with angst, “My gosh, we are seeing a refugee crisis unfold […]

Ukraine, INMED, and You

Friday, February 25th, 2022 |

  Amid the mushrooming violence throughout Ukraine, who of all is most likely to suffer? The soldiers? Indeed, some have died. The political and business personnel? Certainly, some have already lost fortunes. However, all modern wars are characterized by one frightening consistency: it is the most vulnerable who are most likely to perish. Quoting the […]

Inspiring and In-Person: 2022 Humanitarian Health Conference Registration Now Open!

Friday, January 28th, 2022 |

  “Let us not lose heart in doing good!” This admonition from Paul of Tarsus, an early follower of Christ, for millennia has inspired people throughout calamity, conflict, and most recently, Covid. Please join me in Kansas City on June 10-11 for the 17th annual Humanitarian Health Conference – an event affirming that we, too, have not […]

What Is the Difference Between the Master’s Degree in International Health (MIH) and a Master’s Degree In Public Health (MPH)?

Friday, January 21st, 2022 |

  The INMED Master’s Degree in International Health (MIH) shares some broad elements in common with a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), including skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral and environmental sciences, and public health  management. The MIH, however, is distinctively focused on mobilizing and equipping healthcare professionals on behalf of marginalized people: those who are poor, undereducated, […]