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First CCOUC Croucher Summer Course

Sponsored by the Croucher Foundation, the Croucher Summer Course on Research Methodology for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response was held from 22 to 26 July at the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care. The course was organized by the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) and attended by 17 young researchers and postgraduate students from Hong Kong, mainland China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Switzerland, and Turkey, etc.

Prof. Emily Chan, director, and Prof. Kevin Hung, research manager, CCOUC, discussed the strengths and weaknesses of various field-based research methodologies, and examined how humanitarian system benefits from technology-assisted, real-time impact evaluation in disaster situation. Participants then went on for theme-based discussion.

Prof. Colin Graham, editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Emergency Medicine; Dr. Natasha Reyes, manager, Emergency Response Support Unit, and Dr. Rhitam Chakraborty, human resource officer, Médecins Sans Frontières, were invited to deliver lectures. The next Croucher Summer Course will be held in 2015.