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Armed Forces: Training

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specific training in tropical medicine medical officers undertaking the Army's Entry Officers course receive. (200944)

Medical officers undertaking the Army's Entry Officers course undergo two days of training in travel medicine. Specific topics for study include: Malaria and its prevention, practical parasitology, blood borne viruses, Leishmaniasis and its prevention, immunisation schedules and sources of information for travellers. Another day is spent at the Institute of Naval Medicine where students look at the effects of heat and cold injuries. In addition to these specific topics all subjects on the 13 week course include an environmental component which incorporates the treatment of casualties in hostile and remote situations.

Students also undertake public health training which includes looking at the needs of refugees and misplaced persons and their associated temporary camps.