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Report of the 2nd Course of Water Management and Safety in Crisis Situation


Tunis, Tunisia

February 29 to March 4, 2016




The 2nd Course on Water Management and Safety was held during the period from February 29 to March 04, 2016 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. It was presented in French with simultaneous translation to English.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Acting Surgeon General of Tunisian Armed Forces, Colonel Major (Pr) Dr. CHIBANI. The closing ceremony was chaired by Mr. the chief of staff at the Minister of National Defense jointly with the Surgeon General of Tunisian Armed Forces, Brigadier General (Pr) M. YEDEAS.

This second international session was provided for 20 participants from 14 countries (Algeria, Germany, Cote d’Ivoire, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Mali, Guinea, Mexico, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Portugal, Chad, and Turkey) including 6 Tunisians.

The teaching team was composed by French and Tunisian veterinaries specialists in Water Management. Colonel Veterinary G. BORNERT (France) was the Pilot of the course. Veterinary Lt. Col. M. JBELI (Tunisia) was the coordinator. Their collaboration was a laudable input and has fully contributed to the success of this scientific event given their strong knowledge and rich experience in the field.

The teaching program lasted one week. The Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee developed a diverse program that alternated conferences, tutorial sessions and technical on site visits (Naval Bases, Military engineering units). 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. In this same context, two renowned laboratories in the field of water provided access to our participants to see new military water production and control devices during military operations.

At the end of the course, assessment forms had been provided to attendees and their results will be used by a commission in order to improve the future sessions of the course.

A diverse cultural program had been implemented in which attendees had the opportunity to visit the Carthage National Museum, the Baron d’Erlanger palace at Sidi Bou Saïd and to taste the traditional local gastronomy at the Medina of Tunis.

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 our partners and sponsors (LOVIBOND Laboratories and KARCHER FUTURETECH Group) who have helped to evolve this event to a consolidated training opportunity in the field of water. The committee thanks also the participants for their attentions, inputs and motivation and for the exchange that they brought along this session.

Based on the success of this course, we rely on the active participation of candidates from different countries to the 3rd session which will take place in Tunisia from February 27th to March 4th, 2017.