Health service personnel, including some military reservist doctors and nurses, participated in a 3-day cross border humanitarian response course training, which attracted participants from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The training was held in the United Nations Training School Ireland in the Curragh camp in Co. Kildare. The course was sponsored and organised by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health partnership in association with a number of Statutory and non-Governmental bodies, north and south and included participants from a range of agencies contributing to humanitarian actions, in addition to the Department of Defence, HSE and the National Ambulance Services.
The training was delivered by the Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine which is part of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London and is acknowledged as one of the leading training organisations in the field of humanitarian response training. The training covered a range of health related issues associated with humanitarian response and included disasters in an urban environment, refugee basic needs, humanitarian response, planning and risk assessments and communicable diseases, epidemiology and medical air evacuation of casualties. All of the topics addressed are applicable to the healthcare requirements of humanitarian and disaster situations internationally.