The HELP workshop is a two-week workshop on the provision of humanitarian relief during disasters, armed conflicts and other complex crises. The workshop seeks to develop the knowledge, the skills and the approach – based on scientific evidence, best practice and professional ethics – that humanitarian workers will need to make effective decisions. The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) hosts the HELP workshop in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the University of Hawaii.

CFE-DM’s approach to the HELP workshop places emphasis on multidisciplinary knowledge sharing, innovative trends, challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, and civilian-military coordination. The curriculum incorporates lessons learned from recent humanitarian crises, selected readings, lectures by subject matter experts, and interactive group discussions or exercises. Most importantly, the HELP workshop brings together professionals representing humanitarian/civilian/defense organizations—enabling their exchange of knowledge and sharing of multidisciplinary experiences from public health to humanitarian aid.

Target Audience

The workshop is intended for a broad-range of professionals involved in humanitarian work in the Asia-Pacific region who have field experience and/or hold decision-making positions. These professionals may include medical personnel, operational managers, technicians, logisticians, lawyers, policymakers, and leaders of humanitarian organizations. Applications are welcome from all international and national non-governmental humanitarian organizations, governmental organizations (e.g. Ministries of Defense, Ministries of Health, National Disaster Management Organizations), and academic institutions. Qualified candidates working in the Asia-Pacific region who may have responsibilities in support of civilian-military coordination are strongly encouraged to apply.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the essential issues relating to public health, health care, management, law and ethics that are associated with humanitarian action, and methods to address them.
  • Analyze health and other humanitarian needs using a multidisciplinary approach that takes into consideration the perceptions, vulnerabilities and capabilities of the people affected.
  • Plan, manage and evaluate activities included in the response to major humanitarian crises, especially from a civilian-military coordination perspective.

Topics to be covered may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Program Cycle Management
  • Data Collection, Analysis and Sharing
  • Legal Framework
  • Humanitarian Ethics
  • Actors in Humanitarian Intervention
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Civilian-Military Coordination
  • The Triple Nexus: Development, Health, and Peace
  • The Role of UN in Coordinating Humanitarian Assistance
  • Nutrition and Livelihood Support
  • Public Health Engineering
  • Field Epidemiology in Crisis Settings
  • Epidemiological Surveillance and Early Warning Systems
  • Outbreak Investigation and Control
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases
  • Diarrheal Diseases and Cholera
  • Vector-borne Diseases
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Transversal Approaches to Violence: Sexual Violence
  • Health Care Services in Humanitarian Crises
  • Violence Against Health Care
  • Non-Communicable Disease Control and Prevention in Humanitarian Crises
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Communication with the Media, through Social Media & with Affected Communities

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below and if you have further questions not covered on the website or encountered any difficulty submitting your application electronically, please email Ms. Alice Tsai (yu-ting.tsai2.civ@us.navy.mil).


While there is no registration fee for the workshop, all selected participants are expected to attend the workshop in-person and responsible for arranging one's own travel.
Yes, electronic version of the Certificate of Completion will be issued to participants who completed the entire course with 100% attendance.

Application Information:

Dates: TBD

U.S. DoD personnel interested in this workshop should consider applying to the Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (HART) series.