TEAMS 2.0 Project Kicks Off On January 1st


TEAMS 2.0 (Training for Trainers for Emergency Medical Teams and European Medical Corps) project has been approved to be funded under the EU’s ECHO Program (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations). Asst. Prof. Kurtuluş Açıksarı, the head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at IMU Faculty of Medicine, is acting as the coordinator of the project, to which IMU is a partner institution.

As a continuation of the project TEAMS (Training for Emergency Medical Teams and European Medical Corps), TEAMS 2.0 (Training for Trainers for Emergency Medical Teams and European Medical Corps) Project kicked off on the 1st of January 2018 and project duration covers 24 months. Out of a total project budget of €446,299, IMU’s budget share amounts to €48,851.

About TEAMS and TEAMS 2.0 Projects:

Disasters and outbreaks regularly have devastating effects on societies and populations. To assist the affected countries, an increasing number of international emergency medical teams has been deployed. The ‘Emergency Medical Teams’ (EMTs) initiative evolved in 2010 under the umbrella of the World Health Organization (WHO) with the aim to improve the quality and accountability of international emergency medical teams responding to disasters through the definition of capacities, services and minimum deployment standards for EMTs.

In February 2016, the EU launched the European Medical Corps (EMCs) to help mobilize medical teams and equipment for emergencies inside and outside the EU. This initiative is in line with the Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) WHO roadmap to improve the quality, accountability and coordination of medical teams responding to disasters.

However, the lack of an operationally focused training framework to guide EMC/EMT organizations has been highlighted as an essential gap. Initiated to address this gap, TEAMS is a project funded by the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, aiming to develop, pilot and assess a standardized, validated and cost-effective training package, focused on operational team training for EMCs/EMTs, adaptable to different types of EMCs/EMTs, and sustainable within low-income countries and resource-poor settings.

As a continuation of the project TEAMS, TEAMS 2 project specifically aims to develop a training program to train the group leaders of inexperienced EMTs and also to teach them how to use the TEAMS operation training pack more effectively. Project outputs will include a face to face training module based on innovative training materials and simulation-based immersive scenarios focused on activities to train the trainers.

Training for Emergency Medical Teams and European Medical Corps (TEAMS) is financed by ECHO program. The Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM) is the lead partner and the consortium encompasses the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), Karolinska Institute (KI), Tel-Aviv University (TAU) and Istanbul Medeniyet University (IMU), which will form the project team as academic institutions; Humedica (HUM) and Novareckon (NR) as NGO and private company, respectively.

The online training package will be available free of charge after the end of the project to allow continuing access to and the usability of the teaching and training materials by the final beneficiaries all over the world. The online platform will be developed with a capacity to be easily accessible from all over the world and to be maintained with no cost over time.