G4S combines security and healthcare to restore war-torn regions

London, UK

In Iraq, G4S works alongside the United Nations (UN) to identify and remove explosive remnants of war left behind from years of conflict. Successful delivery is ensured through a strong collaboration between medical teams and security experts.

The G4S medical team partnered with an Iraqi company, al-Saqar, to provide medical support to teams deployed in Mosul, Kirkuk and Sinjar.Together, the team designed a bespoke first responder course aimed at removing barriers between the medical workers and the explosive ordnance disposal teams.

Over five days, Iraqi medics underwent training in realistic scenarios, allowing each of them to be tested with confidence as an individual and team member against the UK Prehospital Emergency Medicine Framework (PHEM). The course encouraged confidence in each medic to allow them to practice in the most difficult of circumstances and with the most up-to-date skills.

G4S operates in many more parts of Iraq, South Sudan and Mali, clearing homes, schools, hospitals and villages of explosive remnants of war, in order to allow inhabitants to begin rebuilding their lives. Some of the most affected areas are also the most remote, with little access to healthcare or sufficient infrastructure. By providing additional resources, thorough healthcare training and qualified staff, G4S is able to provide the appropriate levels of care where they are most needed, such as some of the most rural parts of South Sudan where we employ qualified nurses and train them on Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS).

In Kabul, Afghanistan, G4S conducted a security risk assessment of the French Medical Institution for Mothers and Children in 2018, and made a series of recommendations to enhance its security without hindering access for staff or patients, allowing the hospital to continue its work towards achieving a sustainable healthcare system in Afghanistan.

At Baghdad’s International Airport (BIAP), where the security has been provided by G4S for close to a decade, a medical clinic provides 24/7 services to all staff and international clients. The G4S medical clinic offers emergency and primary care services, complemented with diagnostic care, and paramedics are available to provide the necessary treatment from a simple or routine procedure to stabilising a critically ill or injured person before an evacuation.


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