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German Red Cross humanitarian surge roster – Surgeons

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DRK - Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross)

The German Red Cross (GRC) provides essential humanitarian support worldwide for people affected by crisis situations. Should the need for urgent deployment of delegates arise due to disasters or crises, GRC utilises its humanitarian surge roster (GRCReady) to alert and deploy qualified experts within 72 hours.

The Surgeon Pool consists of practicing professionals who have the skills and expertise to be deployed as health delegates in an emergency response anywhere in the world for six weeks to three months.

GRC’s surgeons are typically deployed as part of a clinical Emergency Response Unit (ERU) team. A clinical ERU provides primary and/or secondary healthcare to disaster or crisis affected communities together with sister National Societies overseas. An ERU is a standardised package of trained personnel plus modules of equipment ready to be deployed at short notice by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Apart from the support to an ERU, surgeons may in certain circumstances also deploy in response to an alert from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

As surgeon you will most likely work in an emergency hospital (WHO EMT type 2) with one or two surgical units. When deploying with German Red Cross, you will collaborate with partners, delegates, national staff and volunteers, local health authorities and affected communities as part of a team which is led by the Senior Medical Officer. You will undertake medical duties in accordance with professional standards of practice to ensure high quality, safe patient care.   

Working together with international and national health personnel is key. Your work will therefore likely include the supervision, mentoring and training of colleagues. Some of your duties as surgeon may be similar to those in a regular hospital setting, while others will differ. Your field of activity may, among other, include trauma care, the care of war wounds and wound infections, appendectomy, laparotomy, minor surgeries, embolectomy, amputations, external fixators and emergency caesarean sections. Please note that the technical equipment at your disposal as well as the set-up of the medical facilities may significantly differ from what you are accustomed to in your home country, even though they comply with international WHO standards.

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