Course 1: Communication Technology for Disaster Preparedness and Response Strategies
Course 2: New Approaches to Monitoring and Evaluation in Health and Development
Learn more at: http://www.payson.tulane.edu/content/summer-institute
Course 1 Description: The Southeast Asian coastline is vulnerable to many natural disasters including the impact of tropical storms, typhoons, tsunamis, and flooding. During the most recent floods, 65 out of Thailand's 77 provinces were declared flood disaster zones. The Bangkok metropolitan area has experienced major flooding in 2010, 2011 and 2012 that inundated large parts of the city and surrounding territories. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the use of information and modern communication technology for disaster mitigation including disaster preparedness education as well as technology applications during and after disasters. As part of the course, students will study successful (and unsuccessful) applications of technology in disaster settings using examples from the local context. They will be trained to quickly choose the best technology solution under acute circumstances. Participants in the program will learn through lectures, case studies, field trips and guest speakers, including visits to local and international NGOs working on technology and disaster mitigation in Thailand.
Course 2 Description: hailand has seen major improvements in all sectors of health and development in the last few decades. Life expectancy increased to approximately 70 years at birth, the vast majority of the population now has access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and a system providing universal health care for Thai nationals was introduced in 2002. Yet, serious challenges remain, including the management of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases. The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge and skills in the basic concepts, principles and methodologies of monitoring and evaluating health and development interventions. As part of the coursework, we will study established and new approaches to M&E at the case of the comprehensive and successful HIV/AIDS response in Thailand as well as other examples from the local context. At the end of the course, you will be able to assess the ability of a specific evaluation method or combination of methods to measure both the process and impact of an intervention and to design and execute an evaluation project with assistance. Participants in the program will complete practical data collection exercises and learn through field visits, guest speakers and involvement with local public health personnel and Thai government officials. This will include visits to international organizations and local and international NGOs working on health and development in Thailand.