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Rehabilitation of Acquired Brain Injury in Disasters and Conflicts

Online Course: Rehabilitation of Acquired Brain Injury in Disasters and Conflicts

How to manage patients with traumatic brain injuries in challenging situations

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In conflicts and disasters, rehabilitation professionals are likely to see different types of acquired brain injuries ranging from mild impairment to very severe impairment. An acquired / traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability within these contexts. An acquired brain injury in a disaster and conflict situation can be due to traumatic or non-traumatic causes. This course will examine the principle assessment and treatment considerations for acquired brain injury and highlight some of the common complications seen in disaster and conflict settings.


The aim of this course is to increase your knowledge of the guiding principles for assessing and treating acquired brain injury in disasters and conflicts. It also aims to highlight the higher risk of secondary complications in conflicts and disasters, due to factors associated with disrupted health systems and issues of access.


This course is made up of videos, reading activities, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Rehabilitation Considerations of Acquired Brain Injury in Disasters and Conflicts
  2. Case Study

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This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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