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Report of the 6th ICMM Course for Health Support in Saharan Environment

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REPORT OF THE 6th ICMM INTERNATIONAL COURSE FOR
HEALTH SUPPORT IN SAHARAN ENVIRONMENT
Tozeur, Southern Tunisia
November 9-13, 2015

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REPORT OF THE 6th ICMM INTERNATIONAL COURSE FOR
HEALTH SUPPORT IN SAHARAN ENVIRONMENT

This course organized with the support of the Health Service of the Tunisian Armed Forces, has become an annual event for military doctors wishing to expand their knowledge and share their experiences in the field of medical support of troops deployed in Saharan environment.

Major General Prof. (ret.) M. MORILLON (MD), Chairman of the Scientific Council, represented the ICMM.

Participants:
The course was delivered to 25 participants from 14 (Algeria, Angola, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Egypt, Namibia, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Tunisia).

Teaching team:
The Coordinator of the course was Colonel Prof. M. CHIBANI (MD).
Teachers came from France, Morocco, USA and Tunisia.

Venue of the course
The accommodation was provided at the hotel El Mouradi **** in Tozeur. Theoretical lessons were held in the conference rooms of the hotel, which also hosted workshops and the course secretariat.

Practical demonstrations in the Sahara were held, with the logistical support of the Tunisian armed forces (Department of Health, Army, Camel Corps company), in the area of "Ong Jemal" and around the town of Douz, after a two-hour trip including crossing the Chott Jerid.

The scientific program consisted of 5 modules:
1. Heat-related Diseases
2. Diseases related to the environment
3. Medical Support in Saharan environment
4. Survival in Saharan environment
5. Scorpion and ophidian envenomation

Closing ceremony has been chaired by Brigadier general MD (Prof) M. YEDEAS, director of Tunisian forces medical service.

The evaluations made by the participants testified of their satisfaction. The evaluation committee met and decided on new improvements for the next sessions.