Training and employment

Training local staff is one of the top priorities in all our hospitals.

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

Recognition as official training centres

In many of the countries we operate in, our training is also officially recognised by local health ministries. In Sierra Leone we have organised courses for the training of anaesthetic nurses, while 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 programme and seminars, in collaboration with the Port Sudan nursing academy.

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

"I'm doing my gynaecology specialisation at the Anabah Maternity Centre in Panjshir. 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 Sudan because of the war. Now, years later, I work at the EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre inside the refugee camp. I love my job, I know that I can be really useful here 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 at the Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre 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 course, we offer graduates economic assistance so that they can start their own craft workshop or cooperative. Over 300 workshops now have the EMERGENCY symbol above their door.

PHOTOGALLERY: Vocational training in Iraq

For us, employment means dignity and rights.

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


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