Training and employment

In all of our hospitals, training national staff is one of our top priorities.

Theoretical and practical lessons allow us to share knowledge and experience with local staff, encouraging professional growth and independance: we want to train professional staff that are able to run the hospitals independently.

The recognition as official training schools

In many of the Countries where we operate, our training is also officially recognised by local health ministries. For example, in Sierra Leone, we have organised courses for the training of anaesthetic nurses, in Afghanistan, our hospitals are recognised specialist centres in paediatrics, surgery, and gynaecology. In Sudan, we train local staff and apprentices through an on-the-job training program and seminars, in collaboration with the Port Sudan nursing academy.

By training local staff, we contribute to the strengthening and long-term susatinability of the local healthcare system.

"I'm doing my gynaecology specialisation at the EMERGENCY Maternity Centre in Panshir. It is the fourth year of the course being held here and recognised by the Afghan Ministry of Health. I learn and experience a lot and thanks to working daily with the international staff, my skills are continuously improving, but above all I help many people, many women who would not have the opportunity to give birth safely. I am able to help my Country."

Zunia specialised at Anabah's Maternity Centre. She is now a gynaecologist.

"I came to Mayo, Sudan, as a child. My parents had fled South Suda because of the war. Now, years later, I work at the EMERGENCY Pediatric Centre inside the refugee camp. I love my job, I know that here I can be really useful for these people who could not afford to be treated elsewhere. I became a "team leader" here: I’m so proud of this! "

Esther, EMERGENCY team leader in Mayo, Sudan.

For us, ‘training’ also means giving victims of war and landmines a second chance.

In Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, patients in the Centre for Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration can attend vocational training courses in metalwork, carpentry, tailoring, leather processing, and shoe production, in order to learn a skill that is compatible with their disability. At the end of the courses, we offer ‘graduates’ economic assistance so they can start their own craft workshops or cooperative: over 300 workshops now have the EMEREGENCY sign above their door.

PHOTOGALLERY: Vocational training in Iraq

To us, giving employment also means giving dignity and rights.

For non-sanitary roles, in all of our hospitals we give precedence to the most vulnerable sections of the population, such as widows and people with disabilities, when recruiting. This is also a way of supporting the communities where we work. In Sulaymaniyah, for example, more than half of the employees of the Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre are former patients


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