UAE Volunteers campaign adopted to assign health emergencies

The national UAE Volunteers campaign has adopted a training course for volunteers to support health emergencies and support the first line of defence from the medical and nursing staff in the country, by providing the largest number of volunteers with new skills in nursing “within 3 days only”, giving them eligibility to stand alongside specialists in the field and the provision of medical and nursing services that support national efforts to counter the spread of the “COVID-19“.

UAE Volunteers campaign qualifies volunteers in 3 days to assign health emergencies

UAE Volunteers campaign
UAE Volunteers campaign qualifies volunteers in 3 days to assign health emergencies

On this occasion, Obaid Al-Hossan Al Shamsi, Director General of the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster, said that the Supreme National Committee for Volunteerism during Crises managed through the UAE Volunteers campaign and through the “Volunteers” platform that is supervised by the Ministry of Community Development and the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, with support From the National Authority for Emergency and Crisis and Disaster Management, from more than 8,000 volunteers who possess the basics of first aid and some experiences to work under pressure and within work teams, 150 of them took the initiative to register in the pilot phase of this course immediately after its launch.

He added: The specialized volunteer course comes in response to the current situation in the country, and in response to the specialized field need, by training volunteers in multiple skills to support the nursing staff, providing 1,000 volunteers trained in basic skills and support to hospitals and field units in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah as a first and experimental stage, and continuing Attracting other numbers as needed.

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Attracting as needed

Obaid Al-Hossan Al Shamsi indicated that this intensive training course was prepared by a team from the Abu Dhabi Center for Public Health of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, where the training is conducted in cooperation with the Training and Development Center at the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University, in addition to providing an elite One of the specialized trainers from different health and academic sectors, stressing that the main goal is to relieve some of the pressures on the medical and nursing staff in the country.

Extensive training to support doctors and nurses with specialized volunteer cadres and to address “COVID-19”

“After Corona”

For her part, His Excellency Hessa Thalak, Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development Affairs at the Ministry of Community Development, the official spokesman for the UAE Volunteers campaign, explained that the intensive specialized training course to support health emergencies and support the first line of defence from the medical and nursing staff aims, in the long term, to develop a strategic plan For the “after Corona” initiative.

These include: preparing a database for trained volunteers as assistants to the medical staff during crises, and using this base to develop plans for dealing with crises, emergencies and disasters, opening the way for those wishing to develop their skills and registering in courses and health programs to obtain accredited specialized certificates, and supporting national human resources to join supporting medical specialities and activating the role Nursing as a national profession for the youth of both sexes and to maintain the spirit of volunteerism and support this by finding appropriate opportunities for them for continuous development.

Registration mechanisms and conditions

His Excellency Hala Thallak talked about the registration mechanism and the conditions for enrolling for the course, which consists of two parts: theoretical and practical. In theoretical training “remotely” will begin with 150 members in each course for two days at the rate of 8 training hours each day, which provides specialized information in the areas of Introducing the program, information on “COVID-19 ″, how to prevent infection, health administrative business skills, and communication skills, patient support and transportation, and medical waste management, and the trainees will undergo a“ remote ”training test.

As for the practical training, it is available for 24 affiliates for one day, 4 hours, in several fields including basic clinical skills such as measuring vital signs, etc., in resuscitation and rescue skills, and the use of personal protective equipment. The trainees will undergo an evaluation test, and the volunteer will be granted a certificate of completion of a training course approved by the training authority.

Integrated plan

The national UAE Volunteers campaign is implementing this qualitative volunteer initiative with an integrated plan to implement the first experimental stage, after defining and selecting the first batch of volunteers, as the first training course was launched at the Training Center of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection in Sharjah, and the second batch at the Emirates University in Al Ain. Then the final test phase and assignment of tasks, after the final test for the associates, where they will be joined to the nursing team in the field hospital and define their tasks, and a supervisor will be chosen from the volunteers for each group of trainees to ensure their effectiveness in the field of work and assess their level and impact.

The volunteers will also be employed according to the needs and specific locations, prepare the volunteers to work schedules and follow their work progress, prepare daily work reports, updates and the observed level of satisfaction, in addition to evaluating the impact of the program after 10 days, as the evaluation of the pilot phase will be raised to the extent of the effectiveness of the trainees and ensuring that the objectives of the training course are achieved In support of the medical and nursing staff in the country.

Supporting local and federal entities

The specialized training course is designed to face health emergencies and support the first line of defence from the medical and nursing staff in the country, with the support of a number of federal and local authorities that have contributed to the development of the training program, including; The Abu Dhabi Center for Public Health of the Health Department, through designing programs and providing training materials And trainers, and the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management by identifying the need and numbers of volunteers to support the nursing staff and providing training sites and requirements.

The Training and Development Center at the Ministry of Health and Community Protection through the provision of training sites and specialized trainers and equipment, in addition to distributing associates as needed in field hospitals and medical centers And provide an electronic training platform, and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University, which provides trainers and equipment for the course, and support in logistical matters and training sites. In addition to the UAE Armed Forces, using their expertise in organizing emergency and nursing programs for the military and working with them as consultants in developing the current program.

The Dubai Health Authority to benefit from experiences in developing the program and provide trainers and training sites. The Emirates Foundation through the “Volunteers.ae” platform, where volunteers will be selected and provided according to the required standards, and provide volunteer supervisors to measure the effectiveness of the trainees in the field of work.

Unification of volunteer activities

The activities of the national UAE Volunteers campaign, which was announced by the Supreme National Committee for Volunteerism during Crises, was launched in early April, under the umbrella of the “volunteers.ae” platform in partnership between the Ministry of Community Development and the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, and under the supervision of the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority And disasters, within the framework of its vision to unify voluntary activities at the state level and promote integration and cooperation between all governmental and private sectors and community participation within the context of affirming cohesion and cooperation in the UAE, and supporting national efforts to counter the spread of “COVID-19“.

Contact:

For those who wish to volunteer, visit the “Volunteers.ae” platform via the website: www.volunteers.ae

by calling the number: VOLAE 800 (80086523)

by e-mail: info@volunteers.ae.

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