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Mumbai, India – Hospital training on coping with disasters


Between July 25th-28th, 2011, the Israel Trauma Coalition in partnership with the JDC conducted trainings on disaster preparedness and coping with disasters for three hospitals in Mumbai, India. The program was built together with the KEM hospital in Mumbai and focused on the psycho-social aspects of medical care during a multi-casualty event. The ITC staff included Dr. Fortu Benarroch, psychiatrist at Hadassah Hospital, Dr. Ruvie Rogel, psychologist at CSPC in Kiryat Shemoneh, and Dr. Miklosh Bala, surgeon at Hadassah Hospital.


Culturally adapted trainings – In partnership with professionals across disciplines


The goal of the training was to develop and enhance the three hospitals’ coping abilities in the face of disasters by teaching the knowledge and experience of Israelis in the field while adapting the training when necessary to accommodate the local cultural context. Fifty surgeons and 25 mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers) participated in the training. In addition to the plenary lectures for all participants, each group received training specific to their field. The training covered the following topics: principles for psycho-social intervention following a disaster, treatment of acute stress reactions, situations of distress and trauma, interventions in the emergency room, trauma in children, helping the helpers, and surgical treatment of traumatic injuries (physical). The training included lectures and exercises designed to help participants implement the material learned. The program was deemed very successful. The Indian doctors showed great interest in the program. Awareness was raised and participants received the knowledge and tools to improve their ability to cope with disasters.

Our Mission

The mission of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) is to create a continuum of care in the trauma field, response and preparedness, by leveraging diverse resources to initiate, prioritize, and optimize services.

In the past 13 years  the ITC has proven its effectiveness in partnering with over 60 organizations including government ministries and Home Front Command to ensure a comprehensive view of the trauma field, timely delivery of needed services, resilience building at a personal, community and national level and influencing policy.