A helping hand for health professionals

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Strategies to prevent violence and promote peace building are the focus of a new collection of free cases created by Medical Peace Work, a European partnership of medical organisations and teaching institutions.

‘We are very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute our knowledge and experience as case method experts to this important project,’ says The Case Centre’s Director, Richard McCracken. ‘It’s a privilege to be involved and we’re looking forward to offering continued support and working in partnership with MPW into the future.’

The cases were produced as part of an EU project. They are aimed at health professionals working in extremely challenging situations who are looking for ways to prevent and reduce violence and other forms of power abuse, and to build trust, understanding, mutually enriching structures and a culture of peace.

Understand, discover, learn…

The cases offer health professionals the opportunity to:

  • understand how war and human rights violations affect health
  • discover the unique role of the health worker
  • learn how to speak out for the prevention of violence and the promotion of peace.

As part of this project, funded with support from the European Commission, The Case Centre ran a case writing workshop for 18 participants who wanted to create new and relevant cases in this emerging field of study.

You can browse all the free cases in this collection and find out more about some of them below:

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Bridging the Divide
Louisa Chan Boegli and Gabriella Arcadu
Ref MPW3-15-01

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As the insurgency in Asia escalated, the government district hospital found itself on the front line of the armed conflict. The setting for the case is a staff meeting, two months after a bomb attack on the hospital itself, when underlying tensions emerged exposing divergent positions, interests and values – a microcosm of the wider communal conflict. Recognising this new reality, the hospital’s director asked his staff how they could improve relations with the local community, extend the hospital’s outreach, and secure the safety of the staff and hospital.

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Caught in the Middle: Free Circulation Amidst Conflict
Gabriella Arcadu and Dr Louisa Chan Boegli
Ref MPW3-15-02

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This case is set against the background of the United Nations backed peace process to end the 20-year Angolan civil war. The protagonist is a nurse working in Northern Angola for an Italian NGO in charge of humanitarian programmes at a time when trips to Uige for essential food and medical supplies start to become problematic. One of the authors was deployed in Angola during 1995-96.

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The Price of Unhealthy Working Conditions: Sugarcane Workers in Nicaragua
Carlotta Conrad and Hannah Lehner
Ref MPW3-15-03

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In Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, a young doctor notices the high ratio of young men with problems associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). She discovers that many of the patients are sugar cane workers and that their working conditions, with long hours in the sun and few drinks breaks, were possibly linked to the symptoms. The disease was hard to treat and many of her patients would soon need dialysis. What could she do to improve their lives and health?

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Health Impact of European Refugee Policies
Eva-Maria Schwienhorst, Katharina Bögel and Nora Isberner
Ref MPW3-15-05

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Set in a camp for asylum seekers in Germany, this case is about the professional dilemma faced by an emergency doctor who is called to help a pregnant asylum seeker having an anxiety attack because her husband is facing immediate deportation to Poland. The doctor discovers the complex legal and human rights situation faced by asylum seekers, and the effects on their health. How can he juggle his professional and moral obligations?

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Encountering Victims of Torture in a GP's Surgery
Frank Arnold, Clare Shortall, Jack Tasker and Christopher Venables
Ref MPW3-15-10

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In the course of his work, a doctor in the UK encounters a victim of torture. Although at first failing to recognise that she may have been tortured, he later becomes involved in her battle for asylum. As a result, he learns how the UK asylum system operates and the role health professionals can play in supporting victims of torture.

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