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Guest at the WHO: Wolfgang Groß receives EMT certificate

2018/09/26

In June already the humedica team had been certified as member of the international World Health Organisation initiative. Now Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, general director WHO, and Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, regional director Europe WHO, handed over the official Emergency Medical Team (EMT) 1 fixed certificate to humedica co-founder and managing director Wolfgang Groß within a festive ceremony in Rome.

"We thank the certified teams for their commitment to provide people in need with efficient, standardized help worldwide.", said Dr. Ghebreyesus from the WHO in the course of the festivities.

Overall, ten European teams received an EMT certificate in the course of the ceremony. Three of these organizations, humedica, the Johanniter and the Arbeiter Samariter Bund (Workers' Samaritan Federation), came from Germany.

In order to improve the coordination of the worldwide humanitarian work in particular during emergency relief interventions, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established a new standard: since 2016 international organizations can apply for the certification as Emergency Medical Team (EMT).

There are three levels: EMT1 teams take care of the ambulant basic medical treatment. EMT2 teams take on operations and offer overnight stationary care as well. Severe and very critical diseases and injuries are treated by the EMT3 teams. According to their needs, patients can be transferred from one to the other team. The teams coordinate and cooperate in close consultation.

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