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PEER trains additional HOPE instructors

National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET), in collaboration with Institute of Medicine-Tribhuvan University (IoM-TU) conducted Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies –Training for Instructors (H-TFI) Course from February 14-18, 2018, in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal. The purpose of this course is to develop qualified HOPE Course Instructors to facilitate effective and efficient delivery of HOPE courses.

The recently concluded H-TFI was completed through the “Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER)”, funded by U.S. Agency for International Development / Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).  PEER Stage 4 (2014-2019) is being implemented by National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET) in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

At the closing ceremony held on February 18, 2018, overall course participants’ impression highlighted the uniqueness of H-TFI experience outside of the academia and that the H-TFI curriculum has a holistic approach for course management towards efficient delivery of trainings.  It was also worthy to note the significant progress of participants’ learning as reflected from the pre- and post-test results.   Twenty-seven participants from different hospitals, including government security forces and private sectors participated in the course. Out of the 27 participants, 12 were female and 15 were male; including 5 from India and 2 from Sri Lanka. The course participants were of various professional backgrounds, namely, medical doctors, nurses, architects, and also from hospital administration.

Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Deputy Executive Director of NSET, emphasised the importance of HOPE course to enhance emergency response capacity of hospitals as experienced in Nepal during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.  Similarly, H-TFI is instrumental in developing qualified instructors to propagate HOPE.  In his message, Mr. Shrestha, also highlighted the various positive impacts of PEER in the program beneficiary countries.  He also expressed NSET’s appreciation for the significant role and performance of all course instructors and participants in achieving the H-TFI training objectives.

The H-TFI is a 5-day course under PEER, delivered by a course coordinator, five instructors with the help of four assistant instructors using the Interactive Lecture Method of instruction that is objective based, performance oriented, tested, and highly participatory. Experienced course monitor is assigned for overall supervision of course delivery.

NSET is coordinating with Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) for a strategic HOPE course implementation, including instructors’ development in South Asia.  ADPC is implementing HOPE-South Asia program in 6 South Asian countries, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal; with funding support from USAID/OFDA.


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