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Report of the 3rd Course of Water Management and Safety in Crisis Situation


Tunis, Tunisia

February 27 to March 5, 2017




The 3rd Water Management and Safety Course was held from 27th February to 5th March, 2017 at the School of Health Services of the Armed Forces (EASSA) in Tunis.

This course is organized by the Tunisian General Directorate of Military Health (GDMH), under the aegis of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), and in partnership with The National School of Veterinary Medicine of Sidi Thabet and the Central Directorate of French Armed Forces Health Services (DCSSA).

The sessions were in French with simultaneous translation into English.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the course was chaired by Brigadier General (Pr) Mondher YEDEAS, surgeon general of the Tunisian armed forces.

This third international session was attended by 22 participants from 11 countries (Germany, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, and the Netherlands), including 6 Tunisians.

The teaching team was composed of French, German and Tunisian veterinarians, civilian and military, specialists in Water Management. For the first time eminent professors of the National School of Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis and the National Center of Nuclear Science and Technology gave also lectures.

Colonel Veterinarian G. BORNERT (France) was the Pilot of the course and Lt-Colonel Veterinarian M. JBELI (Tunisia) was the coordinator. Their collaboration contributed fully to the success of this scientific event by sharing their knowledge and experience in this field.

The course lasted one week. Both the organizing and the scientific committee developed a rich program that combined academic lectures, workshops and field visits (Naval Base of Bizerte, 61st engineering regiment of Bizerte).

This course offered to the participants the opportunity to learn about practical case studies and the use of documentary, regulatory and normative tools in the field of water management in exceptional situations. It enhanced their knowledge about the practical conditions of water treatment by operational military devices, the conditions of production and treatment of water on navy vessels. Simultaneously to the course, there was an exhibition of new water production and control devices during military operations by some sponsors.

This course was accredited by the National Instance of Health.

Evaluation forms were given to the participants before and after each conference and at the end of the course and then assessed by the evaluation committee in order to improve the quality of the next sessions of the course.

The cultural program was also set during the week of the course. Participants had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Bardo as well as the city of Sidi Bou Saïd and had the pleasure to enjoy the Tunisian gastronomy in typically traditional places.

The course was a success thanks to the participants’ attendance and motivation and to the exchange they provided throughout this week.

The organizing committee is optimistic for the 4th session which will be organized in Tunisia during the week from 26th February to 3rd March 2018 and expect a high rate of participation of many countries.