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Chinese medical team certified by WHO

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05-28-2016 10:42 BJT

An emergency medical team from Shanghai was granted certification from the World Health Organization this Tuesday, becoming one of the first teams qualified to provide support to populations affected by natural disasters and disease globally.

An emergency medical team from Shanghai was granted certification from the World Health Organization this Tuesday, becoming one of the first teams qualified to provide support to populations affected by natural disasters and disease globally.

An emergency medical team from Shanghai was granted certification from the World Health Organization this Tuesday, becoming one of the first teams qualified to provide support to populations affected by natural disasters and disease globally.

Returning home in triumph… The emergency medical team from Shanghai East Hospital received their certification from the World Health Organization, together with two Russian teams in Geneva on Tuesday.

They are now certified to provide support to global populations with emergency needs.

"It is a recognition of China's participation in international aid work. China has attached importance to disaster relief work in recent years. Medical authorities have systemized medical care in emergency situations, and built up more than 30 national teams," said Liu Zhongmin, President of Shanghai East Hospital.

The team from Shanghai East Hospital includes doctors, nurses and logistics personnel. It went through comprehensive assessment, evaluation, and verification earlier in April and May.

Emergency medical teams are an important part of the global health workforce. They have a specific role, and are crucial in providing support to populations affected by natural disasters and outbreaks of disease.

The teams are based in their home countries, and would be offered to close regions and neighbors if required.

"When big disasters occur, the WHO will require help, and qualified teams can apply online. The Chinese team can be deployed where necessary after getting approval from the WHO, China, and the affected country or region," said He Chunzhi, Shanghai Health & Family Planning Commission.

The WHO's project was launched in 2015 to ensure the emergency workforce was equipped with the right skill sets, training, supplies and equipment. Currently 67 teams from 25 countries are striving to meet WHO standards, and the number is expected to rise to 200 in the next three years.

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