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Training for disaster: Malteser International’s Emergency Medical Team participated in EU MODEX simulation exercise

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Cologne/Arcevia. From 06 to 10 June, our Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Type 1 participated in a full-scale simulation exercise in Arcevia, Italy, organized by EU MODEX. Together with 119 participants, our 18-member team from 7 countries had the opportunity to go through a deployment in a disaster, allowing them to test and improve their skills and preparedness.

The scenario: The fictional country of Modulistan was hit by a major earthquake. Through the World Health Organization (WHO), the government requested EMT support. Romania, Austria, Andorra and Germany sent their teams to help the affected people with medical care.

As doctors, nurses, paramedics, logisticians, team leaders, administrative and media officers, their job was to set up a self-sufficient basic health unit as quickly as possible to support the national health systems of Modulistan in this earthquake aftermath.

An important focus besides improving skills and preparing for a real mission was the cooperation and coordination with other EMTs and emergency response actors.

People interested in volunteering for our EMT can find more information about our Pool of Experts here.


Katharina Kiecol
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

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