Emergencies, like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, disrupt health systems and impact population health negatively. This is particularly true in countries with complex and protracted emergencies where health systems are already weak and health outcomes and statutes tend to be poor. Given this, it is clear that emergency responses must be accompanied by efforts to recover, rebuild and strengthen the health system.

The recovery process provides the opportunity to build back better and create stronger, more fit-for-purpose health systems which are able to promote, restore and maintain health, as well as prepare for and respond to future emergencies. This goal can, however, only be achieved through the implementation of a clear and coherent recovery strategy. In protracted emergencies where there is a multiplicity of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding actors working independently and in silos, with different mandates, funding sources, etc., this may be difficult to achieve. There is therefore a need for an approach that promotes and facilitates coordination and cooperation among these different actors.

An approach that responds to this demand is the “Triple Nexus” or Humanitarian, Development, Peace Nexus (HDPNx) approach which aims to meet immediate humanitarian needs while reducing such needs over time, by leveraging the comparative advantage of humanitarian, development and peace actors, and working over multi-year timeframes to achieve collective outcomes. The approach promotes joint-up working and partnership among the three groups of actors, with the goal of improving efficiency and effectiveness, reducing service delivery gaps and the duplication of efforts, addressing the drivers of emergencies. Yet, four years after the birth of the approach, many health sector actors still do not understand the concept of the nexus and/or they lack the skills and competence required to apply it.

In order to close the knowledge gap on the nexus and its application and build the capacity of health sector actors on the implementation of the nexus for health, the Health Systems in Emergencies Lab at the Department of UHC/Health Systems of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies have collaborated to develop a training course on Implementing the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus (HDPNx) for Health.


The course is designed to give participants an overview of the New Way of Working and the HDPNx approach, as well as provide them with the strategic and operational direction on how to apply the approach as well as equip them with the knowledge and practical skills they need to implement the nexus for health. It will also provide guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the different actors and stakeholders. 


The course will be delivered virtually and will consist of six 1.5 hours sessions. The course will be live and synchronous using the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies' Official Zoom account as the online platform. English is the language of the course.

The course will take a mixed learning approach which includes lectures, case studies and group discussions. Given the virtual nature of the course, a participatory approach will be prioritised to facilitate interaction and engagement. participants will therefore be encouraged to share and use their own experiences as a basis for discussions.


This course is geared towards health sector actors working in settings with complex and protracted emergencies. However, it is also open to experts from academic and research institutions who are interested in this field of study, as well as professionals working more broadly in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. Staff of UN agencies and NGOs with responsibilities and/or interest in the nexus for health are also encouraged to apply. 

Key Details

Duration of each session: 1.5 hours with one break in between

Frequency of sessions: 2 sessions per day from 11:00 - 14:00 GMT

Distribution of sessions: 6 sessions over three days

Course type: LIVE, synchronous/remote

Platform: Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies account

Language: English


Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a joint certificate from the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies and the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region.


Session 1: Introduction to the Nexus

Session 2: Establishing Nexus Coordination Mechanisms

Session 3: Joint Assessment & Formulating Collective Outcomes

Session 4: Harmonizing Resources and Financing

Session 5: Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

Session 6: Conflict prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding


  • Dr Ali Ardalan, Regional Adviser, Head of Health Systems in Emergencies Lab, WHO EMRO (Course Co-Director)
  • Dr Ghassan El Kahlout, Head of the MA Program in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action, Doha Institute (Course Co-Director)
  • Dr Munia Abu El Hawa, National Professional Officer, WHO Palestine
  • Dr Zahra Ahmed, Consultant, Department of Healthier Populations, WHO EMRO
  • Ms Clara Affun-Adegbulu, Health Systems Researcher, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antrwep
  • Mr Okikiolu Badejo, Consultant, Health Systems in Emergencies Lab, WHO EMRO
  • Dr Sultan Barakat, Director of Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.
  • Dr Rick Brennan, Regional Health Emergencies Director, WHO EMRO
  • Dr Hyam Bashour, Consultant, WHO Syria
  • Dr Rudi Coninx, Senior Policy Adviser, Health Emergencies Program, WHO HQ
  • Dr Ernest Dabire, Senior Adviser, WHO AFRO
  • Dr Tariq Dana, Associate Professor, Doha Institute
  • Ms Linda Doull, Global Health Cluster Coordinator
  • Dr Maha El-Adawy, Director of Department of Healthier Populations, WHO EMRO
  • Dr Soce Fall, Assistant Director General for Emergency Response, WHO
  • Dr Marwa Farag, Associate Professor, Doha Institute
  • Dr Andre Griekspoor, Senior Policy Adviser, Health Emergencies Interventions, WHO HQ
  • Dr Rana Hajjeh, Director of Program Management, WHO EMRO
  • Dr Frahan Hassan, Health Systems Officer, WHO Somalia
  • Dr Wael Hatahit, Health Emergencies Lead, WHO Iraq
  • Dr Ghani Ibrahimi, National Professional Officer, WHO Afghanistan
  • Dr Adham Ismail Abdel Moneim, WHO Representative in Yemen
  • Dr Md Ali Kamil, Manager, Health Emergencies Operations, WHO EMRO
  • Dr David Lai, Health Cluster Coordinator, WHO Palestine
  • Dr Akjemal Magtymova, WHO Representative in Syria
  • Dr Awad Mataria, Director of Department of UHC/Health Systems, WHO EMRO
  • Ms Elke Mayrhofer, Regional Humanitarian Advisor, Arab States, UNFPA
  • Dr Nathalie Milbach Bouche, Senior Strategic Advisor, RBAS Regional Hub, UNDP
  • Dr Sam Milton, Senior Research Fellow, CHS
  • Dr Mohammed Yusuf Musa, Health Systems Officer, WHO Sudan
  • Dr Alissar Rady, Team Lead, WHO Lebanon
  • Dr Delphine Sauvageot, Epidemiologist, UNICEF MENARO
  • Dr Egbert Sondorp, Senior Advisor Health Systems at KIT Health Amsterdam
  • Ms Nina Stuurman, Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Specialist, IOM MENA
  • Dr Ardita Tahirukaj, Technical Officer, Health Emergencies Program, WHO EURO