WHO Collaborating Centre
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Emergency Medical Teams and emergency capacity building. Emeritus Professor Tony Redmond (OBE) is head of the Collaborating Centre.
As Collaborating Centre, HCRI will focus on three key areas:
- Support to the Emergency Medical Teams Office at the WHO
- Capacity Building in Disaster Prone Countries
Support to the Emergency Medical Teams Office at WHO
HCRI is closely working with the WHO to develop training, mentorship and the global register of teams. We are working towards establishing a core curriculum and training programme for emergency medical teams. This will draw on the experience of establishing the UK International Trauma Register (UKITR). HCRI supports the WHO in developing a global register of emergency medical teams which includes providing mentorship to teams.
Capacity Building in Disaster Prone Countries
HCRI is establishing and running training courses in disaster prone countries to increase their capacity to deal with a large influx of casualties following a sudden onset disaster. HCRI has significant experience of delivering training courses in pre-hospital care and mass casualty management. This includes running courses as well as “training the trainers” and sharing knowledge with in-country institutions.
The three principle research themes are:
- Measuring the value, value for money and impact of emergency medical teams in isolation and in comparison to international urban search and rescue teams
- Assessing patient outcomes to identify the types and roles of emergency medical teams that deliver the greatest health benefits
- Identifying strategies that improve the interplay between national and emergency medical teams, before, during and after a sudden onset emergency.
Interwoven within these research activities will be establishing measurements to identify the more effective roles the foreign medical teams may take up and how these can be best used alongside the roles of the national medical teams in a sudden onset disaster.