Providing emergency relief internationally
ERS Medical’s Medical Director, Dr Amjid Mohammed, has been involved in overseas disaster relief for over 15 years. Starting with a team of 20 medical peers, Amjid helped develop a small disaster response team that developed into UK-Med , a NGO based in Manchester with links to the University of Manchester, Save the Children, Department of International Development and the World Health Organisation.
UK-Med supports education and training for health workers in developing countries and also facilitates the provision of UK health care workers who volunteer their services to countries during conflict and catastrophe.
Over the years Amjid and his team which includes ERS Medical’s Head of Health & Care Standards, Craig Wood, have been involved in providing disaster relief in Africa, South America and South East Asia hit by acute natural disaster.
Amjid commented: “This type of work is a passion for me and one which I work tirelessly to grow and expand. We welcome any medically trained personnel willing to give up their time for free to help with our efforts. There are obviously risks associated with working in emergency relief but the rewards are tremendous. If anyone is interested in joining our team I’d welcome them to visit our website www.uk-med.org”
As well as responding to provide emergency medical treatments across the globe, UK Med also teaches medical professionals on the topic of emergency medicine. Recently Amjid visited the city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, in western China to deliver emergency medical training for doctors and nurses who are first responders in the area. Amjid joined a team from Heart to Heart International (HHI) to teach more on the subjects of trauma and disaster in an emergency setting. The annual training seminars run in partnership with the Chengdu 120 Center, the region’s emergency response system (like dialling 999 in the UK).