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Mr Asad Syed, UK-Med Surgeon (centre-left) and Haitian colleagues in surgical field hospital in Haiti (2010)

The operating theatre at the field hospital, Haiti

Professor Tony Redmond (right) with Yang Jiechi (middle), the Chinese Foreign Minister and Zhao Cong (left), the Director of Chengdu No 2 People's Hospital. Photograph by Wang Pei.


Recent News

DfID Support for the UKIETR: December 2012

UKIETR on the BBC News: December 26th 2012

Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Learning in Manchester

If you wish to extend your learning on issues related to Emergency Humanitarian Assistance please follow the link below. The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester offers the module as part of the MA programme in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response or as a stand-alone module.


May 2011: Inaugural Members’ Meeting

We held a very successful inaugural meeting on the 14th of May with speakers from Merlin, IMC and RedR as well as members of the register describing their deployments overseas. The meeting was well attended and our feedback confirms that all the speakers were very well received. Members of the register can review the presentations when they log in.

We are moving rapidly on now towards our first national training day for members.

UK-IETR Members Meeting


UK International Emergency Trauma Register

April 2011: The UK International Emergency Trauma Register continues to grow and has been featured in both the Lancet and BMA literature. In the development of this register, UK-Med has highlighted the importance of training:

'Governments, non-governmental organisations, and UN agencies can select health-care workers from the register and be assured that they are ready to go and are fit for purpose.......An important role of the register will be to foster training. The core competencies for deployment to acute surgical emergencies (most noticeably earthquakes) are probably more easily identifi ed and agreed on than are those for longer-term development work. Therefore the register will concentrate its remit on these emergencies'*.

* Lancet (2011) vol.377 p. 1054-1055

Please see the link on the menu bar (left) to register.

December 2010: UK-Med has been recognised by the Department for International Development and the Department of Health as the host for a new UK International Emergency Trauma Register. This register will be the focal point for those UK medical personnel who wish to volunteer to respond to large scale international emergencies. UK-Med will keep an up to date register of these people, their availability, and their skills, ready to deploy as part of a national response whenever the need arises. UK-Med will ensure that all those on the register are appropriately trained and liaise with their employers to facilitate their immediate release and deployment.

UK-Med continues to work with colleagues in China. Professor Redmond and Mr Brad Williamson, a spinal surgeon from Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester, spent a week in Beijing involved in lectures and discussions on improvements in spinal surgery and the response to large scale disasters. This work follows on from the emergency work UK-Med did in response to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. It is part of the ethos of UK-Med to not only respond very practically with medical help in the immediate aftermath of a large scale disaster, but to follow this up with education and training in order to improve that country’s response in the future. Mr Amjid Mohammed will lead a team to Chengdu in April 2011 to carry on the education links. For more information please see our project page on China.

In January 2010 members of UK-Med went out with the support of the Department for International Development to respond to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. They worked with Merlin, a large UK NGO; other Plastic and Orthopaedic surgeons recruited through the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS); and with GOAL, an Irish NGO. The combined team led the UK surgical response to the earthquake performing predominantly limb salvage surgery in a tented hospital set up by Merlin. Over 600 major operations were carried out and in all over 7000 patients were treated in a 3 ½ month period.

The earthquake in Chile in 2010 was an extremely powerful earthquake. UK-Med did not respond although members did provide advice about what help might be needed.  Chile has a very good infrastructure to respond to these events. Whilst they did need material aid in the form of mobile surgical hospitals no surgical teams were required from the UK as human resources were provided from neighbouring countries in particular Argentina.

UK-Med is working very closely with WHO to establish ongoing surgical support to Haiti and also disseminate the lessons learned to improve the surgical response to earthquakes in the future.



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