Refugee Care[e]Education (NL)


Refugee Care[e]Education is developed in 2017. This program of Health[e]Foundation is a reaction to the devastating situation in Syria, causing many to flee their country in search for a safer places. Many refugees arrived and asked for asylum in the Netherlands. These immigrants experience health risks from their country of origin and during their voyage to the Netherlands. The effects of conflict and displacement on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing are profound. Therefore it is important to recognize, detect and treat (mental) health problems early, to improve the chances of immigrants in participating in the labor market and to foster the new language. However health facilities are under strain and health professionals have to deal with a population with health problems that are not common in their daily practice. The main goal of the course is to inform general practitioners about common health problems in Syria, cultural background, effects of experiences of armed conflict and displacement. This will enable the professionals to support refugees adequately, recognize health problems and if necessary refer to the right support system and therefore guarantee quality care for refugees who are based in the Netherlands.

Key topics

This Refugee Care[e]Education course is given in a blended-learning method with e-learning modules and a closing workshop. The e-learning course includes 8 modules, guidelines and references, video’s and test questions. The themes of the course are ‘provider-patient interaction’, ‘infection diseases’, ‘mental health’, ‘resilience and health of refugee children’, ‘sexual and reproductive health’, ‘chronic diseases’ and a module concerning the local solutions and referral options which specific cities in the Netherlands have to offer. The content of the course is developed in close collaboration with Pharos, Arq, GGD Amsterdam, Radboud University and GGD-GHOR and funded by Dioraphte and Innovation Fund.

Target group

General practitioners and other public health professionals.
The course is accredited with 11 credits for doctors by ABAN. Accreditation for POH's is requested at LV POH-GGZ, V&VN, NVvPO.



Access to the course

The e-learning consists of 8 modules, each module has an estimated study time of an hour, the closing workshop includes presentations and casuistics en is organized from 18:00-21:00. If you are a Dutch general practitioner, POH or other public health professional and you are interested in the course, you can sign in for one of the following course periods:

  Amsterdam Den Haag
Start e-learning: 08-01-2018 15-01-2018
Closing workshop: 03-04-2018 17-04-2018

If you want to organize a training group in another city or region, please contact us at 

Sign in (first 50 are free!)

You can sign in by sending an e-mail with your name, function, phone number and city to before 15 December 2017.
Because of funding of Stichting Dioraphte we can provide the course for free to the first 50 participants, after that the fee for the full program is €250.

Follow @HealthEFnd

Find us on Facebook