On 6-8 March, the European Modular Field Hospital (EUMFH) project-consortium hosted the stakeholder kick-off workshop. The EUMFH Project aims to explore how the medical capacity of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism can be improved. Different Member States of the EU combine their expertise and build a common deployable Emergency Medical Team of the Type 3 (more about the project here). The project team invited all relevant organisations to Antwerp, where they collectively worked around four identified “pillars” in the Emergency Medical Team guidance (Governance, Healthcare, Logistics and Staff, Training and Exercise). Johanniter Germany, one of the project partners, was at the meeting represented by Mr Harm Bastian Harms from the International Projects & Cooperation Department in Hamburg and by Mr Karsten-Christoph Lindenstromberg. JOIN Officer was also invited to this opening meeting.
The picture by Tim Das, Belgian Health Ministry/EUMFH Project Manager
The first day of the workshop was dedicated to presentations of guiding organisations, such as the World Health Organisations EMT-secretariat and the Directorate General ECHO of the European Commission, which presented their European Medical Corps Programme. Afterwards three organisations recently verified by the World Health Organisation as Emergency Medical Team Type 2 (Japan and Russia) or Type 3 (Israel) presented their experiences from the field. The next two days consisted of group workshop around each project’s pillar, outlining the direction for the work the partners will undertake in the up-coming months. The JOIN Office was honoured by the invitation to take part at this opening event and we keep our fingers crossed for our member Johanniter Germany and all the project partners by their work toward better cooperation by civil protection in emergency situations.