Safer hospitals with HICS

A Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) training was organized for doctors, nurses and other hospital staff of the Ruma Upazila Health Complex, in Bandarban district of Bangladesh from 5-7 June. This training was organized in collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Civil Surgeon Office, under the Strengthening Emergency Response in Bangladesh (SERB) program with 23 medical and non-medical staff from the Health complex.

HICS training is a blend of practical and theoretical sessions on different components of managing a hospital during disasters. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the response system to hospitals with all-hazards emergency planning and response efforts.

Day 2 of HICS training in Bandarban
Dr Baizid Khoorshid Riaz, Director, NIPSOM addressing HOPE training in Bangladesh

Preparedness for Nepal and Bangladesh 

Under the current phase of PEER, Bangladesh and Nepal conducted HOPE Basic training to support their medical frontliners in managing disasters. 

The training was organized in partnership with the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Bangladesh from 12 – 16 June. 20 hospital staff including doctors and nurses from 10 national, sub-national and district hospitals across the country, took part in the training to upskill their knowledge on how to manage hospital operations and safely evacuate patients in times of disasters and build a robust response system in hospitals.


Similarly, to strengthen the medical force in Nepal, PEER collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) for organizing a HOPE training from 16-19 June. 22 doctors, nurses and other hospital staff from six hospitals of Lalitpur, Kathmandu Valley and districts, participated in the training organized in Godavari, Lalitpur.

HOPE prepares the hospital staff to develop and implement response plans during crises. It is developed to strengthen the capacity of medical professionals involved in day-to-day operations. 

A glimpse of a group presentation from HOPE training in Nepal

Community in Action

With support from PEER, Bangladesh and Nepal organized another set of training to strengthen their community volunteers. 

Developing community instructors in Bangladesh 

The Bangladesh Fire Safety and Civil Defence FSCD conducted CADRE instructors’ training under the PEER program,  from 11-18 June to enhance the capacity of community volunteers in disaster response. 24 volunteers from the FSCD and Bangladesh Scouts took part in the training to gain basic knowledge on how to rescue and treat victims of casualties. 

Developing an adequate number of instructors would ensure the availability of trainers during emergencies. These instructors will further coach a force of responders and act as advocates of disaster preparedness to help integrate PEER courses into the countries’ response systems.

Community response for resilient Nepal

Under the PEER program, the Nepal Red Crescent Society conducted CADRE training from 14-17 June. 25 volunteers from Ratnanagar, Khairahani, Kalika and Rapti Municipality; and Red Cross Society took part in the training to polish their skills in disaster response. 

CADRE training is designed to train community volunteers with the basic skills to safely respond to emergencies. The curriculum covers sessions on first aid, basic search and rescue, triage and water rescue, giving an exhaustive view of disaster risks to the participants. It is a step that brings local communities together, harnessing their support in DRR. 

Demonstration of first aid by an instructor during training in Bangladesh
Practical sessions on life-saving activities during Nepal CADRE training

Twenty Year Strong: PEER and First Responders

PEER takes forward the long-standing affiliation with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) by conducting training for its first responders. It has been associated with the response force since 1998 and has laid a strong foundation in building the capacity of its officers. Under the PEER program, NDRF organized MFR and CSSR training with 26 officers from the organization, from 8-21 June and 23 June – 1 July respectively. 

MFR training equipped the participants to assess and treat the victims during disasters. The training was conducted through theoretical and practical simulations on CPR, Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO), and different kinds of injuries and illnesses, giving an overview of managing patients on disaster sites.

CSSR strengthened the search and rescue capacity of the frontliners. It demonstrated the use of different tools and equipment during disasters, giving them a real-life experience. The training also covered sessions on rescue, triage and search techniques, including INSARAG marking guidelines.

Simulation on treating patients with injuries during MFR training
Session on the use of tools and equipment in CSSR training

These catalytic training with PEER partners contribute to PEER’s goal of integrating emergency management courses in institutional plans, and budgets and creating a community of prepared professionals for a resilient future.