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Johns Hopkins Experts Provide Mass Casualty Training Overseas


Emergency medicine physicians Junaid Razzak, who also
serves as director of the Center for Global Emergency
Medicine, and Ameen Jamali and Lauren Sauer, CEPAR’s
director of operations, at mass casualty incident
management training in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in
February 2019.

Experts from the Department of Emergency Medicine and CEPAR recently led training in Central Asia to help health leaders and doctors abroad manage events with mass casualties, such as a mass shooting or bombing.

Director of the Center for Global Emergency Medicine Junaid Razzak and emergency medicine physician Ameen Jamali, along with Lauren Sauer, CEPAR’s director of operations, conducted the three-day training in February in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for about 30 physician and prehospital leaders from across the country. The course was sponsored by the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO) and Kyrgyzstan office. The goals of the course included providing an understanding of the basic tenants of mass casualty incident management and development of basic components of managing an emergency or disaster, such as mass casualty triage, setting up an incident command system and communication during a disaster or mass casualty incident.

“The goal of these trainings is to provide a foundation so that we can save as many lives as possible in disasters and mass casualty incidents no matter what country we are in or how many resources we have available,” Sauer says.

The course was a pilot that will be rolled out in other countries within the WHO/EURO region in the coming months. The course will take place next in Tbilisi, Georgia, with additional members of the teaching team.