Paramedics and first responders in Egypt receive specialist training to care for mothers and babies evacuated from Gaza

Save the Children and Community Jameel deliver specialised medical training to Egyptian paramedics for mothers and babies evacuated from Gaza as part of the organisations' response to the humanitarian crisis.

George Richards, director of Community Jameel says: “Egyptian paramedics, ambulance workers and other first responders are under immense strain in meeting the critical needs of pregnant mothers and newborn babies, including preterm babies, who have been evacuated through the Rafah crossing to Egypt on urgent medical grounds. With Community Jameel’s funding, Save the Children is bringing its world-leading expertise on child safeguarding and psychological wellbeing to support Egyptian colleagues and to ensure that Palestinian mothers and children receive the best care possible.”


Specialist training is helping Egyptian paramedics and first responders deliver life-saving care to pregnant mothers, newborn babies and wounded children evacuated from Gaza, Save the Children and Community Jameel announced after a first round of training concluded in Cairo.  The training will rapidly scale up preparedness, including in safeguarding for children and adults and psychological first aid and self-care. Save the Children, with support from Community Jameel, is providing intensive training for paramedics facing a humanitarian emergency where patients have suffered deprivation, trauma and catastrophic injuries.

The first round of training, which featured simulation sessions for first aid interventions during humanitarian crises and emergency responses, was delivered to 30 paramedics. A further 90 paramedics are expected to receive training as the programme continues. Save the Children is working in Egypt with the Ministry of Health and the Egyptian Ambulance Authority.

The training is part of a package of measures for the Gaza response announced by Save the Children and Community Jameel in November 2023. This also includes delivering paediatric and maternal medical equipment and supplies to frontline Save the Children staff in Gaza and the ambulance service in Egypt.

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