WHO in South-East Asia

WHO SEARO holds first meeting of South-East Asia Regional Emergency Medical Team Working Group

12-14 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

On 12-14 June 2019, the government of Thailand hosted the Third Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Global Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Over three days, 400 participants from 90 countries around the world met and discussed recent development, key topics and good practice around the provision of clinical care to populations affected by health emergencies.

As part of this global event, the South-East Asia Regional Emergency Medical Team Working Group held its first meeting to discuss the implementation of the EMT initiative in the South-East Asia Region. A total of 37 participants from 9 SEARO Member States and 5 organizations attended the meeting. The South-East Asia Regional Emergency Medical Team Working Group was created following the adoption of the WHO Regional Committee Resolution RC71/R5 on Strengthening Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) in the South-East Asia Region. Key topics that were discussed during the meeting included regional arrangements and priority setting, sharing of lessons learned among teams and the creation of a network of National Focal Points to share information and collaborate on further work in the area.

SEARO will continue to support countries from the region in strengthening their capacity in this important area, including supporting national training activities and exercises and the development of a national accreditation system for EMTs, a topic where the South-East Asia Region took up a leadership role, due to the high number of national EMTs in many of its Member States.

Dr Roderico Ofrin, Regional Emergency Director opened the meeting