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Organisations Providing Training for Working Abroad


Pre-departure training


Postgraduate and further education


Specialist areas


Pre-departure training


International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)

INTRAC  is a non-profit organisation working in the international development and relief sector. It supports non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) around the world by helping to explore policy issues, and by strengthening management and organisational effectiveness. It also provides training programmes.


Know Before You Go Campaign

Know Before You Go (KBYG) is part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is an ongoing campaign with around 250 travel industry partners to help people from the UK stay safe and healthy abroad.



RedR helps to rebuild people's lives by providing international aid workers with the skills they need to make a difference.

  • Build the skills of local people and communities in areas of disaster
  • Deliver expert training in the UK and in the field
  • Advise international relief and development organisations
  • Recruit humanitarian professionals who can respond to emergencies or take longer-term placements 
  • Provide online expertise to aid workers on assignment
  • Support a network of members who are vital to humanitarian work.  

In the event of emergencies RedR will select and train engineers responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene promotion and brief aid workers before they travel to the region.It will also continue to build the skills of local people after the emergency has subsided and run security training directly in unstable regions.

Its UK training courses are used year-round by relief and development professionals to improve their skills in a vast range of topics, including preparing for emergencies and camp management.

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Postgraduate and further education - guidance on courses


Health Training.Org

The healthtraining.org website provides comprehensive information on postgraduate training and further education in the field of International Health. Working with healthtraining.org is an easy way to identify the course which is most appropriate for an individual or an organisation seeking training opportunities in International Health, using the possibilities offered by the web:

  • frequent and fast updates
  • direct access from all over the world
  • online searching
  • links to institution's e-mail and homepages

International Health focuses on poverty-related health problems in low and middle income countries. It includes the promotion of health, prevention and treatment of diseases, palliative care and rehabilitation.

The main emphasis is on studies on health systems, health economics, health policy and management of health services. It integrates a number of disciplines including anthropology, biology, clinical and nursing sciences, demography, economics, epidemiology, nutrition, psychology, public health, sociology, statistics, travel and migrant health and tropical medicine

The website for courses run in England is linked to the International Health Exchange

There are many more courses, however, and links can be made from the website to a variety of sources, including:

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University of Winchester

The University of Winchester offers

  • BA (Hons) Politics and Global Studies 
  • MA Managing Contemporary Global Issues
  • MSc Managing Contemporary Global Issues with Environment and Development



Specialist Areas



The Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics   based at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, runs one and five day courses in anaesthetics for people planning to work in developing countries.

One Day Course : The aim of this course is to outline the basics of anaesthetic practice in the Developing World, and to provide an introduction for those who plan to attend our main course, which this year will be held in Uganda in November.

Five Day Course : The international five-day course comprehensively covers the needs of those with an interest in working in the developing world, and also those involved in planning for military and disaster situations.  It consists of a variety of lectures, seminars, hospital visits and technical demonstrations.


e-SAFE (Safer Anaesthesia from Education) is a bespoke resource developed for anaesthetists in resource limited areas.

It has been put together by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and e-Learing for Healthcare with support from the Oxford University Press.

It provides DVDs with e-learning sessions, articles and training videos. It is distributed free of charge and can be copied/installed on local computers. 


Child Health

Child Health in Developing Countries course : The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health runs a practical short course for paediatricians interested in global child health or who intend to work overseas. 



MAITS (Multi-agency International Training and Support) exists to empower educational and health professionals to enhance and develop the services they provide to people with disabilities in resource-poor settings through sharing knowledge and practice.


Medical Peace Work

Medical Peace Work provides free online courses that deal with the role and professional responsibility of health workers in violence prevention and sustainable peace.  

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