16 Feb 2015
A workshop entitled ‘Ebola – Early Lessons learned’ has been hosted by the United Nations Training School Ireland, the Curragh, Co. Kildare where leading medical experts have shared their knowledge and international experience of Ebola with medical staff, military and civilian. This event was attended by 35 civilian and military medical and public health professionals from a number of organisations across the Republic and Northern Ireland.
In recognition of the significant learning and co-operation undertaken through this event, a reception hosted by the President of Ireland was held at Áras an Uachtaráin later that day where a number of organisers and participants were thanked for their joint contribution to the international medical response to the Ebola crisis and health co-operation between both jurisdictions.
Speakers and organisers pictured at ‘Ebola – Early Lessons learned’ workshop which was hosted by the United Nations Training School Ireland, the Curragh, Co. Kildare. BACK ROW: Col Eamon Caulfield, Defence Forces Ireland; Brigadier Kevin Beaton OBE, Commander, 2 Medical Brigade; Dr Jack Lambert, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Medicine and Sexual Health (GUM), Mater Hospital; Mr Tom Daly, Director General, CAWT; Maj Chis Gibson, 2nd Medical Brigade and Col Brendan O’Shea, Defence Forces Ireland.
FRONT ROW: Col Alan Moore, 2nd Medical Brigade; Dr Gerard Glynn, Consultant Microbiologist, Western Health & Social Care Trust and Mrs Bernie McCrory, Chief Officer, CAWT.
At the Áras an Uachtaráin reception where President Higgins commended all those involved in cross border co-operation and understanding within the emergency planning field.
The workshop was hosted by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health partnership and Chief Officer, Bernie McCrory commented on the value of the event. She said: “I am very grateful to the many eminent medical experts who participated in today’s event – it has been a privilege to hear about their experiences first hand. This workshop, and the many other practical and educational cross border activities undertaken by CAWT and other agencies over the past number of years, has led to a shared sense of identity and purpose between health and social care personnel on both sides of the border. We now have strong relationships and networks developed which will enable us to continue to implement new, value added cross border projects and services.”
At the Áras an Uachtaráin reception, President Higgins praised all those involved in organising the workshop and those who have supported CAWTs endeavours over many years to bring about cross border co-operation and understanding within the emergency planning field. He said: “I thank you for your work to date in bringing forward such a comprehensive array of courses and I wish you well in future endeavours in this important facet of North South and international co-operation for the good of both the citizens of these islands and also for those who live in austere and challenging environments in the wake of international humanitarian crisis.”