12 Apr 2019
Loughborough University helps train MSF staff
In the last two weeks, staff working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Yemen, as well as France and Germany have been in Loughborough to receive training on how to identify, plan, implement and monitor the water, hygiene and sanitation interventions required for MSF’s health care projects around the world.
MSF is the world’s leading humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation and has a long-standing partnership with the Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough who have delivered such a course for over twenty five years. The two week course on ‘Water, Hygiene and Sanitation for health’ aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills of MSF’s key water, sanitation and logistics staff, who typically have to work in high pressured, emergency situations.
The course director, Dr Lee Bosher, stated that “We are delighted that MSF value the work of WEDC and the professional development of their fieldworkers by investing in this important training course. The training provided by WEDC helps MSF to improve the effectiveness of their responses to emergencies and disease outbreaks (i.e. cholera, Ebola and malaria) in some of the world’s most challenging humanitarian crises. In the last ten years WEDC has trained over 250 MSF staff on these courses which is testament to how highly valued the course is by MSF”.