Training healthcare staff in post-disaster recovery

05 May 2017 | EducationClinical Care and Innovation 

Sankhu village, located just outside Kathmandu, was severly damaged after the major earthquake on 25 April 2015. The disaster killed almost 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000 in Nepal. Rebuilding efforts are still ongoing. Photo: Shutterstock

The Government of Nepal has partnered SingHealth to train 560 Nepalese hospital leaders, clinician-specialists, nurses and allied health professionals in post-disaster recovery.  

Launched in Nepal on 3 May 2017, the three-year training programme aims to equip participants with the expertise to manage emergencies after a disaster to ensure timely response and recovery, as well as develop disaster response systems and protocols to ensure strong governance and preparedness.

Training will commence in June, conducted by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from Singapore General Hospital.

The programme is supported by almost S$600,000 in grand funding from Temasek Foundation International. Mr Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation International, Singapore said,"From time to time, communities in Asia may face disasters that may cause great distress to their lives and livelihoods. Hence, it is important that medical and community health professionals are able to respond effectively if such disasters happen."

Professor Tay Boon Keng, Emeritus Consultant, SingHealth International Collaboration Office, added, "As we work together to improve disaster management and emergency care, both healthcare teams will learn from each other and share expertise to build disaster healthcare response systems that are sustainable and future-ready."

To further multiply the impact of the training, 20 clinician specialists will be trained in Singapore as master trainers after completion of the programme. They will in turn train 750 other healthcare professionals in Nepal.

The three-year programme was launched in Nepal on 3 May 2017 by Honourable Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa, Ministry of Health, Nepal and Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore



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