NATO medical personnel have begun conducting public health peer education off the east coast of Somalia in recent weeks, in conjunction with NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD, as part of regional capacity building efforts to strengthen Somalia from within.
The first sessions have taken place in conjunction with general training of coast guards and port police forces off the east coast of Somalia in the last couple of weeks. Pupils from first the Galmudug Coast Guard and most recently the Bosaaso Port Police were taught on board ESBERN SNARE, the Task Force 508 flagship, by the Staff Medical Doctor and her team.
Trainees have received modern, military-issue first aid equipment as part of the training. Dr Rete Trap also has a Master in Public Health, giving her a very relevant background for conducting a programme like this.
Press release, Image: EUNAVFOR