QRC, University of Calgary Qatar Sign MoU on Emergency Training Program

Doha, September 11 (QNA) – The University of Calgary-Qatar (UCQ), has joined hands with the Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) and the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)  by signing a memorandum of understanding, to provide a 10-day training course titled:  “Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.)” It will be held at QRC headquarters on October 8 – 19, 2012. The course targets individuals of the health sector including Doctors, Nurses, Nutritionists, Environmental Engineers, Epidemiologists, Public Health Professionals and relief workers who work in natural disasters and conflict prone countries.
Over the years, this training was held in several countries in Latin American, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe and Africa. The first-ever H.E.L.P. course in the Middle East was held in Qatar last year and hosted by UCQ.
QRC believes in the need to build capacities in the field of Health Relief. We strive to hone the skills and abilities of our volunteers and teams who work in the field of relief and refugee camps,” commented  Saleh Ali Al Mohannadi (QRC Secretary General).” Since the launch of H.E.L.P. course in 1986 by ICRC, it is considered of great importance, as it aims at upgrading professionalism in humanitarian assistance programs conducted in emergency situations. It addresses key challenges related to public health within specific context.
Our annual training programs along with the H.E.L.P. course constitutes a great addition to our workers’ skills as the core of this program is to provide comprehensive knowledge of modern scientific methods in camp management and preservation of public health within the camp, where thousands of people navigate.”  Al Mohannadi added.
“We are honored to be a part of this humanitarian cause,” stated Associate Dean Dr. Kim Critchley, who represented UCQ in the signing ceremony. The two-week course will cover topics on Planning, Nutrition and Economic Security, Environmental Health, Infectious Diseases control, Health services and Systems management, Forensic Sciences, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Protection of affected populations.
“As nurses, our students have to be trained to be prepared for any and every possible situation where their skills and knowledge may be required.  This includes international emergencies that may take them to war zones or natural disasters. The H.E.L.P. course is an excellent opportunity to get that training.” Critchley added.
Dr. Eric Brenner, Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of South Carolina, who was one of the instructors in the first course offering stated:  “”The benefits of this course go beyond the materials that are presented in class. What you also get is a bonding and development of team spirit and collaboration of people from different countries, who after all, may have to work together in a humanitarian crisis.
” QRC views this upcoming training program with great significance not only for the benefits it yields, but also as a preparation phase to develop next year’s H.E.L.P. course that will be conducted in Arabic for the first time. QRC has already translated the training course manual which will be ready in December.
parties were invited to attend the training course including: Professionals from the Red Crescent Societies in the Gulf region, Arab Doctors Union, Doctors Across Continents, in addition to other stakeholders in Qatar such as, the Civil Defense, Al-Likhwiya, Army Medical Unit, Health Supreme Council, Hamad Medical Corporation and others. (QNA)

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