WHO and ASEAN (ARCH Project) conduct Emergency Medical Team Coordination Cell Training in Bangkok, Thailand , Feb 2019
An intensive 6 day Emergency Medical Team Coordination Cell (EMTCC) training was facilitated by the Project of Strengthening the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Capacity on Disaster Health Management (ARCH Project) and WHO in Bangkok, Thailand from 17 to 22 February 2019. During the training, that was financed and organized by ASEAN, jointly with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), participants were familiarized with the WHO EMTCC methodology, taking into consideration ASEAN Standard Operating Procedure for Regional Standby Arrangements and Coordination of Joint Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Operations (SASOP) and related coordination mechanisms in the region.
32 representatives from all ASEAN Member States participating, including the three SEARO ASEAN Member States; Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar attended the training, with the first three days of the workshop focusing on presentations and an interactive mentoring exercises using an earthquake case study, which was followed by a 2-day Field Simulation Exercise. WHO SEARO will continue to conduct and support capacity building activities to ensure a sufficient roster of regional EMT coordinators, that can be deployed to support Member States if required.