Fiji’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team – FEMAT – trains for future crises – Fiji


Fiji’s tropical location means that, like the rest of the Pacific, it is already prone to disease outbreaks and disasters. However, a changing climate means the island nation must be prepared for increased climate-sensitive diseases and super storms in the future.

To prepare for future crises, Fiji’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team – commonly known as FEMAT – conducted a week-long training from June 6-11, 2022. The training was supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and was designed to allow the team to practice their response to a large-scale disaster and increase the number of trained team members on the roster. It was the third time that FEMAT had taken such a course.

Below For the future: towards the healthiest and safest region, WHO’s vision for joint action in the Western Pacific, the Organization is committed to ensuring that the hardest to reach people can access life-saving health care. This includes people living on remote islands and those affected by emergencies.

Emergency medical teams like FEMAT are essential to provide this care in times of crisis.

Scroll through the photos below to learn more about recent training and how FEMAT responds to emergencies.

Note that all of the “patients” featured in the photos below are doing well and simply acting.

To receive this verification, an EMT must be able to set up a field clinic from scratch, carrying all the equipment and supplies to enable them to do so, and provide a quality of care that meets the less than minimum global standards.


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