Human Rights: Displacement and Global Health: Saranya Kurapati


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Saranya Kurapati, Physicians for Human Rights Health & Human Rights Education
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  • Human Rights: Displacement and Global Health: Saranya Kurapati

    1. 1. Health and Human Rights Education: A mechanism for HIV/AIDS advocacy skill development Saranya Kurapati, MS III, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine Katie Ratzan, MS IV, Dartmouth Medical School
    2. 2. Physicians for Human Rights <ul><li>Mission Statement: </li></ul><ul><li>Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all . Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them . </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why are we on this panel? <ul><li>Role of NGOs in the provision of healthcare in IDP camps in Khartoum </li></ul><ul><li>Reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda: the role of Kigali Memorial Center </li></ul><ul><li>Untangling HIV services after a civil war: the case of Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire </li></ul>
    4. 4. Current Status of HHR Education in Medical & Public Health Schools <ul><li>Cross-sectional survey sent to all deans of accredited allopathic SOMs & SPHs - 71% responded </li></ul><ul><li>37% of respondents offer some sort HHR education with higher rates in SPH vs. SOMs & higher rates in private vs. public institutions </li></ul><ul><li>35% of deans in schools not offering HHR education would like to do so </li></ul><ul><li>Most important factor associated with offering a class or including HHR in another related class is the dean’s attitude toward the importance of HHR </li></ul><ul><li>Most cited barrier to including this type of education was lack of time in student’s already-full schedules, then funding such classes </li></ul>Research by Cotter, Chevrier et al., 2009
    5. 5. PHR’s Health and Human Rights Education Project <ul><li>Four components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum change and elective formation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplementary educational programming (conferences, symposia, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-education through online resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabi, articles, slideshows, video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HHR teaching </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Year One <ul><li>Specifically looked at effect of HHR Ed project on HIV/AIDS advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Eight PHR student chapters involved </li></ul><ul><li>Most created electives </li></ul><ul><li>One created a health & human rights library within its medical school library </li></ul><ul><li>One created an office related to global health and human rights </li></ul>
    7. 7. Results? <ul><li>Schools that created or were in the process of creating HHR electives averaged 5.8 HIV/AIDS advocacy initiatives/year compared to the 58 schools without an elective that averaged 3.9/year </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 2/3 greater involvement in direct HIV/AIDS advocacy in those schools with HHR electives </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, chapters with electives reported enhanced student engagement and greater knowledge of human rights issues among their peers </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Push for more student-initiated HHR electives at health professional schools AND </li></ul><ul><li>Push for formal incorporation into required curricula of health professional schools by… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishing HHR competency requirement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate deans about the importance of HHR Ed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create centers of excellence of HHR at medical schools and schools of public health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop HHR divisions within already established medical departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a HHR Grand Rounds program </li></ul></ul>Next Steps
    9. 9. For more information… <ul><li> </li></ul>
    10. 10. References <ul><li>Cotter E, Chevrier J, El-Nachef W, Radhakrishna R, Rahangdale L, Weiser S, Iacopino V (2009) Health and Human Rights Education in U.S. Schools of Medicine and Public Health: Current Status and Future Challenges. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(3):e4916. Epub 2009 Mar 18. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal communication with Danielle Fox, Student Program Coordinator, and Sarah Kalloch, Outreach and Constituency Organizing Director, Physicians for Human Rights, Cambridge, MA </li></ul><ul><li>Witzler P, Khan AM , Chida N, Fox D, Reeves N. H e ath and human rights education as a mechanism for HIV/AIDS advocacy skill development. Abstract presented at the XVII International AIDS Conference. Mexico City. 4 August 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Sud S, Ratzan K, Khan A, Gavin N, Reeves N, Kurapati S, Chida N (2009) Incorporating Human Rights Training into Medical Education: Reaffirming the Physician’s Role as Patient Advocate. Harvard Health Policy Review, to be published in Spring 2009 issue </li></ul>