Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Fourth Medical First Responder (MFR) Online Refresher Course conducted by NSET under PEER

National Society for Earthquake Technology –Nepal (NSET) conducted Fourth MFR Online Refresher course during 22-23December, 2020 under Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER). Total 28 participants, 2 from Fire Service and Civil Defense, Bangladesh, 7 from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), India, 4 from Nepal Police, 4 from Armed Police Force, 2 from Nepal Red Cross society , 4 from NSET, 1 community volunteer and 4 from Pakistan, Punjab Emergency Services (PES). Among them, 23 were male and 3 were female. The participants were from Fire Department Officers, NDRF Officers, PES/Rescue 1122, Security Forces and, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Experts and Trainers, Medical Personnel and Emergency Responders.

Highly experienced group of instructors led the course, Deputy Superintendent of Police Amvica Prasad Joshi , Armed Police Force, Nepal, Dr. Ali Imam Syed from Punjab Emergency service (Rescue 1122), Mr. Rana Sangram Singh from National Disaster Response Force , India and Mr. Iqbal Bahar Bulbul from Fire Service and Civil Defense, Bangladesh .The course was successful as it was measured by the rise of 15% in average percentage from pre-test to post-test i.e. from 73.7% to 88.7% respectively.

National Society for Earthquake Technology –Nepal (NSET) under Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) supported through USAID/BHA has developed refresher courses on Medical First Responder (MFR), Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) and Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE). As in step with the consensus developed among some of the senior instructors in the regional course review workshops on 21 July 2020. On the basis of which the refresher course was developed and a test course was conducted on 15 September 2020. Upon successful completion of 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 refreshers 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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