Humanitarian Crisis Simulation

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An immersive learning experience where participants played the role of humanitarian aid workers or volunteer responders in a simulated international humanitarian crisis.

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility led the organization of the Humanitarian Crisis Simulation for participants to learn the foundations of humanitarian response, and applied concepts in the simulation through active teamwork, intense interaction with role-players, and on-the-spot decision-making. This 48-hour learning experience was relevant to professionals and graduate students of all backgrounds, and aimed to prepare learners to work or volunteer in a humanitarian crisis; assess their personal career alignment with humanitarian aid work; and to develop a greater understanding of the refugee experience.



Humanitarian Crisis Simulation Overview

  • Pre-simulation resources and during-simulation skills-stations advance learners' knowledge of: humanitarian standards; humanitarian law and human rights; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); food security and nutrition; shelter and settlement; health; rapid assessment of disaster; safety and security; disaster behavioral health, and more.
  • Learners were divided into interdisciplinary multiple emergency response teams (ERTs) responding to a simulated international humanitarian crisis where they applied skills and knowledge to assess a fictional area experiencing a humanitarian crisis.
  • Each team developed a plan to address the issues present such as infrastructure, health, nutrition, insecurity, and human rights.
  • Participants experienced what it is like to live and work in an insecure environment and with living conditions common for professionals working in humanitarian response environments.



Humanitarian Crisis Simulation Update

The Humanitarian Simulation 2020 has been canceled. Please find our other educational opportunities here.