Current Mission

MOSUL HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

NYCMedics Trauma Stabilization Point

On October 17, 2016, the Iraqi military began its campaign to retake areas under the control of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). While initial gains in sparsely populated areas were swift, the conflict has now reached Mosul, a major city with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. Civilian and military casualties from the fighting in Mosul have been high, with nearly 2100 known trauma victims thus far based on World Health Organization (WHO) reports, though this is likely underestimated. Of this number, 41% have been civilian trauma victims, of which 10% are under the age of 15, and this proportion of civilian victims has been steadily rising. Also, injury patterns suggest that ISIS is actively and intentionally targeting civilians fleeing from Mosul, rather than civilians simply being caught in the crossfire. Based on this heavy burden of trauma victims, WHO has established a trauma referral system, including Trauma Stabilization Points (TSPs) located close to the front lines and tasked with providing rapid initial emergency care and stabilization to patients with traumatic injuries.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The NYCMedics Emergency Medical Team (EMT) will staff a single Trauma Stabilization Point (TSP) to assist with the high burden of trauma victims arising from the ongoing conflict in Mosul. The TSP will operate 24 hrs a day and will provide trauma and stabilization care to patients regardless of civilian or combatant status, and irrespective of race, religion, gender, age, or political affiliation. This is not hospital based surgical trauma care, but a vital precursor. It is urgently needed emergency pre-hospital care at the first point of patient contact, which greatly ensures survivability of civilians caught in the crossfire. Care received through a TSP stabilizes patients for transport to more definitive surgical care or other higher level of medical care in a hospital and will feed into the existing referral care system. The NYCM TSP will be a mobile facility, capable of relocation to a new site within several hours to account for changes in field conditions and to maximize patient access to trauma care.

POSITIONS AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

International non-clinical staff (3-6 month deployment):

International clinical staff (14-day deployment + 4 days travel and training, total 18 days):

DEPLOYMENT DATES AND DURATION

At this moment the definitive dates of deployment are tentatively scheduled to occur beginning January 29, 2017 (see schedule below).

International non-clinical staff would be required to be available for a minimum 3 month, preferably 6 month, deployment period.

International clinical volunteers would be required to be available for a minimum 18 days including travel. Note: Clinical volunteers will be on the ground for a minimum of 14 days with four days allotted for travel; travel time may vary and is dependent on departing airport.

There will be a deployment fee of $100 per person.

DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE

SECURITY

The safety, health, and security of NYCM volunteers is our number one priority. There will be a full time Security Officer (SO) in the field for the duration of the mission who will be responsible for advising on and operationalizing all aspects of security operations. All NYCM volunteers will receive a mandatory in-person security training led by the SO upon arrival in Erbil and prior to deployment into field sites near Mosul. The SO furthermore will serve as a principal advisor to the Team Leader in the execution of his/her responsibility to promote the safety of staff under all circumstances.

WHAT TO EXPECT

NYCMedics volunteers will be held to the highest standard as outlined in the NYCMedics Volunteer and Deployment Manuals. Further, NYCMedics volunteers will be required to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s Classification and Minimum Standards for Foreign Medical Teams in Sudden Onset Disasters.

Volunteers will be required to participate in a mandatory pre-deployment online training and thoroughly read and review all documents handed out prior to deployment. Upon arrival in Erbil volunteers will receive a mandatory security training and an intensive briefing by the security officer prior to deploying to the field in order to enhance situational awareness, safety and security procedures, and emergency evacuation protocols.

Volunteers will be working in an active conflict zone and as such, will be subject to living and working in austere, high stress environments. The demands of working in a TSP will be difficult and at times emotional.

NYCMedics Emergency Medical Teams will be responsible for the 24-hour operation of a Trauma Stabilization Point, including receiving patients, providing trauma stabilization care, arranging transfer to a referral hospital for definitive care, possibly assisting with in-ambulance medical care, data collection and chart review, maintaining TSP facility cleanliness and in a functional working condition, maintaining stocks of medicines and supplies, and occasionally assisting with breakdown and relocation of the mobile TSP.

The following costs will be covered by NYCMedics for the duration of deployment:

Costs covered by volunteer:

HOW TO APPLY

New Volunteers: First, review the NYCMedics application process, which outlines all required documents necessary to complete your application. Those interested in applying for any of the above positions should do so immediately through the NYCMedics Volunteer Portal. Begin filling out your application by selecting a username, entering your email, and clicking “Save and Continue.” Your application must be completed in one sitting otherwise your information will not be saved.

Existing Volunteers: Those interested in applying for any of the above positions should do so immediately by expressing your availability for your desired position through NYCMedics Volunteer Portal.

For questions or concerns email Jake Dutton, NYCMedics Volunteer Coordinator