SPHERE IN ACTION:  The case of meeting urgent needs of refugees and migrants in Matamoros, Mexico

MedGlobal is offering a one-day in-person training course, SPHERE IN ACTION:  The case of meeting urgent needs of refugees and migrants in Matamoros, Mexico. 

Training Course Description

The overall objective of this training is to provide participants an understanding of the challenges and dynamics of providing humanitarian assistance in a camp setting and how SPHERE standards can be utilized to improve and guide a response. The training will delve into the realities of serving populations in make-shift camps while implementing SPHERE by using the guided case study of the history of the Matamoros camp at the U.S.-Mexico border. Using the history of the Matamoros camp as a case study to understand the complexities and barriers of field implementation, the day will include activities in which participants must design a camp, make quick decisions during a disaster response with little information or budget, and then re-design a camp based on new parameters. Participants should leave with a better understanding of the relationships in the field and how that may impact project implementation. The course will include a session on the SPHERE Handbook to introduce training participants to the principles of humanitarian response, the Humanitarian Charter, Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), the Protection Principles and the technical standards in the four sectors of WASH, food security and nutrition, shelter and settlement, and health. 

Training Course Objectives:

  • Using the case study of Matamoros, utilize the Sphere Handbook to support principled humanitarian assistance.
  • Explore the complexities, barriers and solutions in humanitarian field implementation.
  • To introduce the SPHERE Handbook equipping participants with the tools to apply each section. 

Training Course Methodology: The training methodology will be a combination of lectures, focus on the Matamoros case study, videos, group discussions and question and answer approaches. 

Who Should Participate: Medical professionals, technical and program humanitarian/development staff, volunteers, students and people interested in improving in the field of humanitarian response.

Date and Times: November, 3, 2023 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (corner of Taylor & Ashland), Chicago, IL

Course Fee: $100 (Student Fee: $35) – Lunch included

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Prerequisites: Prior to the day, please attend the “How to use the Sphere Handbook” e-learning course which takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete (it’s the second course listed on the page). This will help prepare you to more effectively engage during our day together.

Registration: To register for the training workshop and receive detailed information on the training workshop, click this link.

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