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Global Emergency Medical Teams Project

Global Emergency Medical Teams Project

We support the World Health Organisation Emergency Medical Teams Initiative through our research and training development project.

Global Emergency Medical Teams Project

On 8 April 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) established a Global Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs, previously known as “Foreign Medical Teams”) Initiative to enable WHO to build a global roster of EMTs ready to be deployed in sudden onset disasters. In September 2015, the “Classification and Minimum Standards for Foreign Medical Teams in Sudden Onset Disasters” was published, which introduced a minimum standard, and a simple classification and registration system for EMTs.


To learn more about the WHO EMT Initiative, please click here.


“Training and Research Development for Emergency Medical Teams with Reference to the WHO Global Emergency Medical Teams Initiative and the WHO Classification and Standards”


Since August 2015, the HKJCDPRI has contributed to various WHO EMT meetings, development of training curriculum and classification of teams, with a focus on China, including Hong Kong. Since September 2016, the HKJCDPRI, the University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) WHO Collaborating Centre on Emergency Medical Teams officially signed a collaborative agreement with the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute of the University of Manchester to further develop trainings and research agenda in support of the WHO EMT Initiative. The HKJCDPRI, HCRI, along with the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHFPC) Health Emergency Response Office have been working together to develop the capacity of the Chinese National EMTs for national and international deployment. The project will also be looking to expanding into other countries in the Asian-Pacific region.

The HKJCDPRI has been supporting the work of the WHO Global EMT initiative by developing training and capacity building programmes in accordance with the WHO minimum standards, and through identification of best practice and facilitating development of standard field operating procedures to professionalize the EMTs. The project has since delivered a series of trainings, including workshops and exchange tours for EMTs and those interested in the development of EMTs.


More details of the HKJCDPRI WHO Global EMT project can be seen below:


On 5-8 April 2016, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) joined the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative delegation to visit Beijing and Shanghai to discuss the classification of Chinese EMTs. The delegation consisted of Dr Ian Norton, lead of WHO Global EMT Initiative, Prof Anthony Redmond from University of Manchester Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and representatives from HKJCDPRI.


A ten-member delegation from Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) paid a visit to Sichuan and attended work meetings with Health and Family Planning Commission of Sichuan Province, Chinese National Emergency Medical Team members from Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital and West China Hospital of Sichuan University, and Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR).
Two experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Rick Brennan, Director of the Department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response and his team member Dr Ian Norton, technical adviser and project leader of Foreign Medical Teams, recently paid a visit to the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) on the 11 & 12 Nov 2015.