Intervention training at humedica India

14 participants pass the humedica intervention training in India

by Heinke Rauscher,  2018/05/16

For the second time now humedica India organizes a training for potential intervention team members in the Southern federal state of Karnataka. In the course of four and a half days, 14 practitioners, nurses and coordinators from North and South India as well as Sri Lanka are schooled as emergency personnel for disasters.

All participants take part with a high degree of commitment. Field reports from interventions after the earthquake in Nepal and many practical exercises including real-life scenarios presented by actors are used to prepare the attendees for their future disaster interventions: What kind of challenges a team must face when helping after an earthquake, a typhoon or a flooding? What kind of practical problems and dangers are to be expected? Which bureaucratic tasks have to be considered? How to respect cultural distinctions, especially while treating patients?

Cultural distinctions

The intervention training of humedica builds on a longstanding experience from a wide range of worldwide disaster relief interventions. Within a very short time period international teams of six to eight persons have to form a well-functioning unity. They have to complement each other with their individual experiences and capacities, they must expand their knowledge quickly, they have to cooperate successfully in order to provide medical care for needy people in challenging situations while facing great stress and suffering. No easy task.

The South-Indian humedica branch office in Kolar Gold Fields will offer intervention trainings regularly in the future. Wilbur Manar will help us to perceive and respect the local cultural distinctions. He has already passed the training in India in person last year and now joins in to design actively the presentations and exercises of the second training unit. Two of the teachers come from Bangalore.

Die geschulten Einsatzkräfte von humedica India und ihre Ausbilder

The participants and teachers of the intervention training at humedica India did not only come from the region, but also from Sri Lanka and Germany. Photo: humedica

Making use of geographical proximity

„It is very important for us to work with various partners and medical professionals from different regions“, explains Ben Kern the strategy of the training. He heads humedica India and tries to win over medical professionals from his network for the training in order to qualify them as intervention team members. He promotes this unique offer also in educational institutes for practitioners.

„India is vast and has many different cultures. We need intervention team members of all cultures in order to work as good as possible in major emergencies. I aim to train several hundred intervention team members for major emergencies in the years to come.“ Not only for interventions in India, which is regularly flooded and hit by earthquakes: teams from India and Sri Lanka can reach disaster sites in all of Asia quicker than teams from Germany.

Zwei Mitarbeiter von humedica India beim Einsatztraining

Training for interventions: two attendees of the training at humedica India. Photo: humedica

As soon as a disaster hits, registered intervention team members are informed by SMS or email. The available professionals form a team of one or two nurses, two practitioners and one or two coordinators as fast as possible. Then they are provided with all necessary medical and technical equipment and sent on their way to the disaster region.

Team Work

A very important part of the training is the topic of team building. The small mixed teams of the intervention training here are quite colorful: they consist of men and women, nurses and practitioners, participants from both India and Sri Lanka. Two women and one man are trained to work as coordinators. They will lead four to five-person teams and are responsible for the working conditions of the medical personnel, the bureaucratic tasks as well as of the collaboration with other organizations.

The intervention training covers also an introduction to humanitarian help, the organization of relief good distributions, management topics, communication and logistics, conflict management, finances and budget controlling, the handling of media and public relations, the installation of mobile health stations, practical medical exercises, security aspects, stress management, information on technical and medical operational needs as well as many other topics.

„Our participants were enthusiastic about these four training days. Many of them did not expect them to be so practical.“ summarizes Ben Kern the attendee´s feedback. „None of them had put up a tent before. The training was quite intense, wide-ranging and realistic, which all thought very valuable.”

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