UK-Med has recently responded to calls for international assistance to several global events. We deployed clinicians to the Philippines post Typhoon Haiyan, to the Gaza conflict and most recently to Nepal in response to the April earthquake.
During the Ebola crisis, teams of clinicians deployed to Sierra Leone between November 2014 and May 2015. Working with the Department for International Development (DfID), the Department of Health (DoH), NHS England/Scotland/Wales/NI and international NGOs, UK-Med recruited NHS volunteers through the UK International Emergency Medical Register (UKIEMR) to work in a number of DfID funded Ebola Treatment Centres in Sierra Leone.
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UK-Med was established in 1995 to facilitate the provision of health workers from across the UK to support the hospitals in Sarajevo during the Balkans war. Subsequently it has despatched teams to a range of countries and crises including Cape Verde, Kosovo, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, China, Indonesia, Haiti, the Philippines, Jordan and Nepal.
UK-Med supports education and training for health workers in developing countries and continues to facilitate the provision of UK health care workers who volunteer their services to countries during conflict and catastrophe. UK-Med is developing a Community of Practice, to promote professional volunteering and provide a pool of clinicians from which the UKIEMR and UKIETR can draw from.