Human Rights Training for Health Professional Educators

“Train the Trainer” Course in Health and Human Rights

When: 16 – 20 January 2012

Where: Post-Graduate Room 1, Barnard Fuller Building, Health Sciences Faculty, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Who: Teaching staff in institutions who are responsible for training health professionals – Universities, Colleges and other Training Facilities. Participants should ideally be teachers active in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and in a position to introduce or facilitate ongoing sustainability of training initiatives beyond the course.

Why: Training in human rights for health professionals has increasingly been identified as a critical need for the health sector. This is particularly the case in light of the findings of the Truth Commission that highlighted the role played by training institutions in human rights abuses under apartheid. Recently, professional councils have begun to focus on the extent and quality of teaching in human rights, ethics and law to students in the health professions and have recommended guidelines for the core competencies that would be expected of graduates in these areas.


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  • Prof Leslie London (Head of Public Health and Family Medicine, UCT)
  • Dr Pat Mayers (Nursing and Midwifery, UCT)
  • Ms Baheya Najaar (Human Nutrition, UCT)
  • Prof Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven (University of Connecticut/St Francis Family Medicine Residency Program, Hartford, USA)

Course objectives

This course will enable participants to:

  • Understand the conceptual framework for human rights and its relationship to health
  • Explore the historical context as well as contemporary national and international human rights debates relating health and human rights
  • Promote awareness of professional and ethical codes to support human rights
  • Explore the past and future roles of institutions in the health sector with regard to human rights
  • Recognise the importance of self-study and reflection on the past to plan for the future
  • Develop strategies for curriculum change, including multidisciplinary teaching, identifying clinical settings in which human rights abuses take place, and exploring the relationship between ethics and human rights
  • Identify core and discipline-specific competencies in human rights
  • Investigate, create and share teaching resources (electronic and other)


  • Course Fees: R4 560
  • Above includes lunches, course materials, transport from local accommodation to the course venue, and welcome dinner •
  • Course fees do not include accommodation • Visit to Robben Island: R220 (optional)


  • Proof of Payment for Registration will be required for entry into the Course. No participant will be able to enter the Course without Proof of Payment
  • A cancellation fee will be charged to cover administration costs

CPD points are available as follows:

  • 10 General Points
  • 6 Medical Ethics Points

For further information visit: (OR) / 021 406 6300

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