IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
IOM Certifies 53 Emergency First Responders in the Marshall Islands
MAJURO, RMI -
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) certified 53 Emergency First Responders (EFR) in the Republic of the Marshall Islands over the past several weeks. IOM personnel conducted two training sessions in Majuro on the 14th and 15th of February at the International Cultural Center and three training sessions in Ebeye in the Hotel Ebeye Conference room from the 19th to the 21st of February. The rigorous training prepares the trainees to take decisive action following a serious injury or health emergency in order to preserve life, prevent permanent injury, and stabilize a patient using first aid and CPR techniques. According to IOM’s Emergency Advisor, who travelled from Pohnpei in order to provide instruction to the trainees, "The trainings include such subjects as scene assessment, barrier use, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), serious bleeding management, shock management, spinal injury management, injury assessment, illness assessment, bandaging, and splinting for fractures or dislocations." This training is envisaged to empower the graduate to support his or her community in the face of any disaster, natural or man-made, that threatens life.
The Emergency First Responder training is provided under the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Education (CADRE) program which is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). CADRE focuses on increasing disaster resilience in the RMI and FSM by engaging the education sector. There are 15 schools participating in the CADRE program in the Marshall Islands and the principal of each participating school is able to designate four staff members for training and certification under the EFR curriculum.
Under the EFR training program, Emergency Medical and Evacuation Kits containing supplies necessary for stabilizing a wide variety of injuries including burns, severe blood loss, and broken bones as well as evacuation materials, such as safety cones and bullhorns will be distributed to the selected schools from which the trainees are drawn, ensuring that the new graduates will have the equipment on-hand that they need to fully utilize their new skills.