Training course: HIA for extractive industry projects in LMIC

SHAPE Consulting Limited, in collaboration with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and First Quantum Minerals, take pleasure in announcing a training course in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. The course will be held at the First Quantum Kalumbila Mine in North-Western Zambia. This setting will allow the unique experience of gaining theoretical knowledge and practical experience in an actual operational mine in its human and natural environment.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To introduce the concept of HIA and equip participants with knowledge, methods and tools to undertake an HIA in a low- and middle-income country context.
  • To enable participants to apply the theoretical knowledge provided in the course into real life situations through use of case studies and field visits in the project area.
  • To equip attendees with the ability to commission and review HIA’s, including development of adequate terms of reference and effective review of outputs.

The content of the course will include theoretical and practical elements specific to the extractive industry sector:

  • Introduction to the concept of HIA and current global practice.
  • HIA standards, guidelines and links to relevant best practice documents.
  • The phases of HIA and respective tools and methods.
  • Application of the phases of HIA based on case studies.
  • Integration of HIA into social and biophysical studies and sustainable development planning.
  • Field visits to the First Quantum Kalumbila Mine project area, where specific contents of the course will be revisited in real life situations (ongoing activity throughout the course)

A certificate of attendance will be presented on completion of the course.

The course will be held from the 12th to the 16th of October 2015.

Accommodation and meals will be available at the Kalumbila Hotel in close proximity to the Project site.

  • The cost is yet to be determined but air travel to Solwezi Zambia and other incidental costs will be for the individual’s account.
  • Participants will be collected from Solwezi and transported to site.
  • Unfortunately, no scholarships or subsidies can be provided by the organizers of the course.

Contact Person: Dr. Mark Divall,, +27 71 672 0571

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