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Second set of Medical First Responder (MFR) Online Refresher Course conducted under PEER program

National Society for Earthquake Technology –Nepal (NSET) under USAID/BHA supported Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) conducted second MFR Online Refresher course during Nov 25-26, 2020.

There were total 26 participants, 3 from Fire Service and Civil Defence, Bangladesh, 7 from National Disaster Response Force, India, 4 from Nepal Police, 4 from Armed Police Force, Nepal and 8 from Pakistan, Punjab Emergency Services (Rescue 1122). There were 25 male and 1 female participants among from the Medical Personnel, emergency Responders, Police officers and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Specialists.

Highly experienced group of instructors were leading the course, Dr. Kulesh Bahadur Thapa from Nepal Ambulance Service, Mr. Muhammad Ahsan from Punjab Emergency service (Rescue 1122), Mr. Brijesh Kumar Upadhyay from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India and Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishna Bahadur Bom from Armed Police Force Nepal (APF). The course was successful as it was measured by the rise of 16% in average percentage from pre-test to post-test i.e. 68% to 84% respectively.

NSET under the PEER program has developed refresher courses on Medical First Responder (MFR), Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) and Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) courses. As per the consensus built among the senior during the regional course review workshops on 21 July 2020, based on which the refresher course was developed, and a test course was conducted on 15 September 2020. Upon successful completion all, the pre requisite to conduct a course, NSET launched the first online course under the PEER program.

MFR online Refresher Course is based on existing MFR course of 23 lessons compressed into five lessons in the refresher’s curricula. Similarly, additional lessons for the COVID-19 pandemic response is added. MFR graduates have the skills and knowledge on personal safety, triage, handling patients with infectious diseases, providing appropriate pre-hospital treatment for respiratory distress and other medical emergencies; and promote the advancement of hygiene practices, and disinfection guidelines. Upgrading the MFR graduates’ skills and ensuring their preparedness for practice in the current health crisis is paramount, and now more than ever, challenging! The current health emergency impacted by COVID-19 has increased the need for trained MFR to provide the required pre-hospital interventions with updated skills for responding COVID-19.

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