26 March 2018
Senior officers from the Korean Armed Forces Nursing Academy at the annual disaster summer school
The University of South Wales (USW) is working with the South Korean Armed Forces Nursing Academy to train healthcare professionals in disaster response.
USW has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korean Armed Forces Nursing Academy, which will see them sharing knowledge to further enhance training provision in the field of disaster nursing and humanitarian assistance.
The MSc Disaster Healthcare course, which has been running as an
online course for almost 20 years, is aimed at experienced healthcare
professionals working in the humanitarian field, or those who would like to. It
covers key areas of theory and practice that are relevant to healthcare in
complex humanitarian disasters, from community resilience and response to
recovery and rehabilitation.
In previous years, senior officers from the Nursing Academy
have helped with the course’s annual disaster summer school. This week-long
exercise is designed to simulate a different scenario each year where
healthcare professionals would be called upon to help, such as in a war-torn
country or following a natural disaster.
Attendees at the summer school gain practical experience
through high-fidelity simulation in public health, covering such issues as
water supply, sanitation, nutrition shelter, disease outbreak control, and mass
The Nursing Academy will be sending military nurses to take
part in this year’s disaster summer school, alongside students of the MSc
Disaster Healthcare, which will be hosted by HAMK University of Applied
Sciences in Finland.
Jeff Evans, Course Leader for MSc Disaster Healthcare, will
also be speaking at the Nursing Academy’s 7th International Disaster
Nursing Conference in South Korea in September.
Jeff said: “We have been informally involved with the
Korean Armed Forces Nursing Academy for some years now. The MOU formalises that
arrangement and will allow us to draw upon each other’s expertise to enhance the
provision for our students.
“This will include exploring future opportunities for
research and developing our curriculum, to make sure that we are continuing the
reflect developments within the disaster healthcare field.”
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