WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM MODULE (WP BELGIUM)

When disaster strikes, the affected population generally needs drinking water. Thanks to B-FAST's water purification module (WP Belgium), led by the FPS Health, water can be purified and distributed to people in need. 

The WP Belgium module includes mainly equipment (laboratory equipment, tubes, pumps, mobile water tanks, etc.).
The equipment and the operating staff are provided by the FPS Health, the FPS Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. The WP system can be used as a stand-alone unit or as a complement to another B-FAST module.
The WP module can produce 240,000 liters of drinking water per day and aims to: 

  • purify unsalted raw water (from lakes, rivers and ponds) to produce large quantities of drinking water and to distribute it to the local disaster-affected population;
  • implement a standardised approach to guarantee drinking water quality in line with EU and WHO standards; 
  • provide technical advice and support to local or international bodies to the fullest extent of our resources and capabilities;
  • analyse water quality: this includes chemical and physical testing, as well as microbiological testing to guarantee water safety;
  • set up water treatment units, train local operators and donate the equipment to local authorities or organisations. In this way, the equipment can remain operational for at least 3 months, even after the B-FAST team has left.

In October 2021, the WP Belgium module was certified by the European Commission and included in the European Civil Protection Pool (ECPP), a pool of emergency response teams and equipment within the EU. The WP module is in line with the provisions of the EU regulation concerning the organisation of humanitarian emergency response, which in turn refers to the World Health Organization's international standards on the use of surface water for water purification and drinking water supply. 
 

FIELD HOSPITAL MODULE (EMT BELGIUM)


The FPS Health is developing an EMT 2 (Emergency Medical Team Type 2) field hospital by modernising the former field hospital and the advanced medical post. The EMT 2 field hospital will support local hospitals by providing emergency care, including surgery, to at least 100 outpatients and 20 inpatients on a daily basis.

The team will consist of about 80-90 members, including medical and operational support volunteers. 
The medical team is made up of specialised doctors (emergency medicine, gynaecology, pediatrics, etc.) and nurses. An operational support team, including logistics staff, electricians and water and sanitation experts, will assist the medical team.

EMT Belgium builds on the WHO EMT Initiative to gain certification as a type 2 field hospital. The initiative was launched in 2016 "to improve the timeliness and quality of health services provided by national and international Emergency Medical Teams and enhance the capacity of national health systems in leading the activation and coordination of rapid response capacities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, outbreak and/or other emergency."

The EMT2 field hospital will meet the international WHO guidelines in the "Blue Book".

Specialised medical teams

B-FAST can also dispatch specialised medical teams if needed. 

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