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Workshop on Health Care in Danger: Ensuring the Safety of Health Facilities

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WORKSHOP ON HEALTH CARE IN DANGER:
ENSURING THE SAFETY OF HEALTH FACILITIES

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)

Pretoria, South Africa

April 8-10, 2014

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WORKSHOP ON HEALTH CARE IN DANGER:
ENSURING THE SAFETY OF HEALTH FACILITIES


BACKGROUND

1. SAMHS was invited to attend the above workshop at DIRCO over the period 8-10 April 2014. Two SAMHS members attended the workshop namely, Brig Gen N. NDLOVU (Medical Officer) and Col J.D. McNALLY (Operational Health Care Orderly).

2. The aim of the workshop was to gather information from all spheres of health related institutions on the ensuring the safety of health care facilities. Information gathered would lead to a project called “The Health Care in Danger”.


CONTENT

3. Smaller groups were formed where discussions took place and presentations were made to the workshop members. In each smaller group, members from the ICRC committee were present to give further guidelines and to facilitate the process. Information discussed during the previous workshop that was held in Ottawa was also highlighted and discussed within the groups.

4. The following focus areas were discussed:
a. Ensuring the functioning of Health Care Facilities.
b. Managing stress under pressure.
c. Physical Security of Health-Care Infrastructure.
d. Creating Temporary Safe Solutions.

5. All of these above focus areas were discussed in detail in groups and presentations were made by the workshop members. Recommendations were drawn up by the ICRC committee which will be discussed on the higher committee and thereafter a reference book will be published containing all the recommendations made.

GENERAL

6. SAMHS members were intensively involved in the focus area; Creating Temporary Safe Solutions. Issues discussed within this area were:
a. How can priorities be set regarding the type of medical services that should be provided.
b. What are the constraints for the temporary solution?
c. What measures should be taken to prepare the move of medical facilities/infrastructure, patients and staff?
d. Would there be legal protection issues related to hidden medical structures?
e. Revisit Ottawa outcome & validate recommendations.

7. The information that was shared by the SAMHS members regarding the assistance that the SANDF and SAMHS gives during strikes of Hospitals were eagerly brought into most of the recommendations of the groups outcomes. The foreign members of the workshop were amazed by the role the SAMHS plays during strikes in Hospitals and the safeguarding of patients and health workers.

8. During the closure of the workshop the SAMHS was thanked for all the inputs given during the discussions and was given the assurity that feature invitations to similar workshops will be sent to SAMHS.

(J.D.McNALLY)
SSO OPS SAMHS HQ LEVEL 2: COL