A two-day Disaster Management Training for INF’s hospital and central office staff has been organised in Pokhara from 24-25 May.

Both medical and non-medical staff participated in the training. The training was jointly facilitated by Ramesh Prasad Adhikari (Gandaki Province Health Training Centre Director), Surya Prasad Dhakal (Nepal Redcross Society Gandaki Province), and Hari Bandhu Aryal (INF Nepal’s DRR & CCA Technical Coordinator).

“Hospital’s role during the disaster is critical; that’s why training like this is necessary for empowering staff”, Ramesh Prasad Adhikari said. He further added that disasters like the 2015 earthquake had taught the importance of working together among civil society, non-governmental and governmental stakeholders as one unit, thus creating synergy.

“The training was interactive”, says Community Medical Outreach Project Manager Bishnu Giri. “We mainly focused on delivering some of the prevalent and essential information from the distinguished people in disaster response and preparedness for our staff.”

Some of the topics covered during the training were epidemiology in an emergency, ambulance management system during an emergency, clinical protocols, risk communication and information management, the coordination with Government’s Health emergency operation centre, dead body management, community-based psychological first aid etc.

A total of 25 staff participated in the training. The training was organised by GPH’s Community Medical Outreach Project and supported by Humedica.