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Report of the 1st Course of Water Management and Safety

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REPORT OF THE 1st COURSE OF WATER MANAGEMENT
AND SAFETY
Tunis, Tunisia

April 28 to May 16, 2014

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REPORT OF THE 1st COURSE OF WATER MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY

The 1st Course of Water Management and Safety was held during the period from April 28 to May 16, 2014 at the Military Health Services’ School (EASSA) in Tunis. It is a francophone course recommended by the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) and organized by the General Directorate of Military Health of Tunisia (DGS) with partnership of the Central Directorate of Health Services for the Armed Forces (DCSSA) of France.

The opening and closing ceremonies were presided by the Director General of Military Health, Brigadier General (Pr) Mr. YEDEAS. This first session was a national session and targeted 12 officers, 9 Veterinary Doctors and 3 Engineers as observers.  Takes part to this event a Veterinary Doctor from Ivory Coast.

The teaching team was composed by French and Tunisian veterinaries. Colonel Veterinary G. BORNERT (France) was the Pilot of the course and the referent in water management field. Colonel Veterinary J.M. DENIAU (France), Veterinary Lt. Col. M. JBELI (Tunisia) and Veterinary Major M. JAAFAR (Tunisia), specialists in Water Management, offered a high contribution to the success of this scientific event.

The teaching program was articulated in three modules of one week each. It included a succession of lectures, tutorial sessions and practical activities in addition of three technical on site visits. This course provided an opportunity for participants to learn about the practical case studies as well as the use of documentary, regulatory and normative tools in the field of water management in an exceptional situation. It also permitted to inquiry about the practical water treatment conditions via military operational means, production and processing conditions of water on navy vessels and technological possibilities used by the national company of water production and distribution « SONEDE » for metropolis.

A third module of this course, conducted in military food analyses’ laboratory allowed participants to perform samples and analysis with deployable equipments for water microbiology and physical-chemistry in an operational context. At the end of this session, the course participants will be coached by members of the teaching staff to assist them to the realization of expertise in the field of water as well as validation of their newly acquired knowledge.

The organizing committee thanks all the scientists and support partners, the units of military Engineering and the naval units of Tunisian navy as well as the company SONEDE who have helped to evolve this event to a consolidated training opportunity in the field of water.  The committee works to expand this training with the perspectives of a more large participation of Francophone ICMM country Members. It also thanks the participants for their attentions, inputs and motivation and for the exchange that they brought along these three modules.