Learn about health in low-resource settings and how communities can be empowered to change at the renowned Jamkhed Institute in rural India.
Since 2004, the Nossal Institute and the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) have run three-week courses on Primary Health Care (PHC) at the Jamkhed Institute in Maharashtra state, India. More than 400 students have so far completed the course.
24th November – 14th December 2019
The CRHP in Jamkhed, India has won global acclaim and provided inspiration for the seminal Declaration of Alma Ata (1978). It remains one of the world’s most influential and innovative comprehensive community health and development programs. In this 3 week residential course, participants will learn about the Jamkhed Model while living in the resource-poor context of central Maharashtra, India. Participants will engage with and critically analyse the Jamkhed approach to community health and development via: field visits to villages and project sites; seminars and discussions with project staff, lay volunteers, local health and development professionals and researchers; and interactive observations and teaching with university staff.Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the context and history of comprehensive primary health care as a movement, and its applications within the Indian context. Participants will acquire detailed knowledge of how the CRHP has applied a community-based, integrated multi-sectoral action, utilising a deep understanding of local culture and needs to address a wide range of issues. These include mortality and morbidity, poverty, gender inequity, and water and sanitation. Participants will learn how to apply these principles in the design of programs seeking to address a variety of global health problems and contexts.
The course is designed for public health, medical, nursing, allied health, development studies or social work students, and anyone who is keen to learn about health in resource-poor settings.