Your gift at work
Since 2005, CMAT had provided vital humanitarian assistance to people affected by disaster in countries around the world. Canadian donors like you helped us deliver care in many of these countries, including:
Visit our Humanitarian Projects section where you will find information on past deployments, recent news, links to our social media sites and our picture archives.
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a Canadian-based grassroots disaster relief organization made up of volunteer health professionals and non-health volunteers who selflessly give their time and resources to assist and provide relief aid to the victims of natural and man-made disasters around the world.
CMAT has been one of the first teams to arrive at the scene of recent global emergencies, and has accumulated a database over one thousand skilled health care professionals from across Canada.
Please consider volunteering or donating to help us help the most vulnerable survivors of disasters.
Thanks for being patient while CMAT worked hard behind-the-scenes over the past year. This email is to provide you with some updates on what we have been doing, as well as to provide you with a sneak peek into what’s in store for our future.
Given the progress we’ve made the in the last year, our relationship with our CMAT members remains extremely important to us, and we want to make sure you remain engaged in our growing organization, and be a major part of its ongoing successes!
In this email:
World Health Organization/ Pan American Health Organization – Emergency Medical Teams Initiative
The purpose of the EMT initiative is 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 this response in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, outbreak and/or other emergency. A directory of all classified EMTs is held by the Secretariat, to help speed up the mobilization and coordination of quality assured teams in the event of an emergency.
EMTs are an important part of the global health workforce and have a specific role. Any doctor, nurse or paramedic team coming from another country to practice healthcare in an emergency needs to come as a member of a team. That team must have training, quality, equipment and supplies so it can respond with success rather impose a burden on the national system. EMTs must strive for self-sufficiency, meet the minimum standards for EMTs, and a possess the quality of care that is appropriate for the context.
Since 2015, CMAT has been involved with the WHO EMT Secretariat, participating in regular regional and global meetings (most recently in Bangkok, Thailand in June 2019) and meeting with our EMT mentors to help guide our process toward official designation. As we ensure that we meet all the minimum requirements set out by the WHO, we have had to amend some of our practices, develop new policies and re-develop many of our standard operating procedures. We have reviewed and inventoried our equipment and supplies, and are establishing critical partnerships with other like minded organizations to help streamline our operations.
We are in the process of creating new online orientation training, as well as recurrent training for our volunteers, which will likely involve a simulation exercise. Also, once finalized, we will be releasing our updated CMAT Field Operations Guide (‘FOG’), as a policy/procedure handbook for our volunteers and members.
All of these changes and developments do come at a price, however, and we continue to appeal for donations through CanadaHelps to help support the purchase of critical equipment and supplies. Click the WHO or PAHO logo above for more information about the WHO EMT Initiative.
NEW! Updated CMAT Membership Database
Since CMAT’s inception in 2005, our strength has always been our volunteers, who selflessly give their time and effort to deliver high quality health care to the world’s most vulnerable survivors of disaster. One of the most challenging aspects of our operations is maintaining our roster of over 1000 health professionals and keeping it up to date. With the implementation of the minimum standards for credentials set out by WHO, it was clear our volunteer database needed more fortification.
CMAT is proud to partner with Better Impact – a Canadian software company based in Hamilton, Ontario, who has developed a robust, encrypted, volunteer database system. This ensures that any and all data that our volunteers upload to the database will be secure, and housed on servers in Canada. It is critically important to CMAT that our volunteer information, data and documents are securely protected at all time, and under Canadian Law.
So what does that mean for you, the volunteer? Well, we will need you to login to your profile, and update the information in it. We will also be requiring you to upload several documents, in order to become active on our roster. This is a requirement from the WHO.
How do I login to update my profile?
What information do I need to provide to CMAT?
As per the WHO guidelines, CMAT needs to collect information about our volunteers. If you are selected to deploy, some of this information would then need to be submitted to the EMT coordination cell as well as the Ministry of Health of the host country we wish to work in. The new database also has the capability of tracking expiry dates, and notifying our members when certificates or documents are up for renewal.
Once you are logged in, click on “My Profile” on the top right corner, and make sure all the pages are completed with your contact information, professional documentation and other information. THe documents we need to ensure remain up to date include (but are not limited to)
The database is a work in progress, and as we become more familiar with it we will tweak it to make it work well for all us. If you have any questions about the database, please email [email protected]
NOTE: any profiles which are not logged into by January 31, 2020 will be archived.
To remove your profile from our database, please email [email protected]
Call for Medical Volunteers – Samoa Measles Outbreak
The pacific island nation of Samoa has been making headlines over the past month due to a significant measles outbreak. At last count, 4,995 measles cases had been recorded, and 72 people, mostly young children, have died. The actual number of cases and deaths is likely to exceed this, because not everyone with measles will present for medical treatment, and not all deaths occur in hospital. More than one in five Samoan babies aged six to 11 months have contracted measles during this outbreak, and more than one in 150 babies in this age group have died.At the request of the World Health Organization and in collaboration with our colleagues at NYCMedics, a response to the measles outbreak in Samoa is being mobilized. As needs evolve additional clinical positions have become available. NYCMedics and CMAT will provide surge support in two facilities, TTM Hospital in Apia and MT II Hospital on Savai’i Island. They will also provide support to district hospitals in case management, isolation and infection prevention control. The full mission will be approximately one month from 17 December through 15 January – there will be two team rotations to cover this time period.
ROTATION 1: 12/17 – 12/31 (deadline has passed)
ROTATION 2: 12/28 – 1/15 NYCMedics has asked CMAT to help recruit for the following volunteer positions:
Clinicians should have 5 years experience and hold current credentials. If you are interested in representing CMAT and deploying with NYCMedics, please send an email to [email protected]. (Note: at this time, paramedics are not recognized in Samoa.)
WHAT: CMAT 2020 Annual General Meeting of Members
WHEN: Saturday March 7, 2020 at 19:00 Eastern
WHERE: Toronto, Ontario, and live-streamed online and by teleconference.
WHO: All members are welcome!
A call for nominations for the CMAT Board will be sent out in February.
Treasurer / Secretary
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:
September 10, 2017: Since the onset of the Hurricane Irma disaster response, CMAT has been in direct communication with our partners at the World Health Organization (WHO)/ Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and other UN Partners. Since 2016, CMAT has been working diligently toward official verification as a WHO/PAHO designated Emergency Medical Team. As a result, the policies and processes under which CMAT functions in disaster response have been updated to reflect the minimum standards as outlined by the WHO/PAHO.
As of 19:00 ET September 10, PAHO has asked CMAT to prepare to deploy to the Caribbean as a “Type 1” Emergency Medical Team.
At this time, CMAT Deployment coordinators are calling for CMAT volunteers to staff rotations of medical teams, the first of which would be standing by for departure within the next 2-3 days, with deployment rotations of up to 3 weeks.
To submit your expression of interest to CMAT, the following steps are mandatory. In order to comply with the World Health Organization’s Minimum Standards for Emergency Medical Teams, failing to provide hard copies of the following items to CMAT will result in forfeiture of your eligibility to deploy.
In order to be placed on the list for potential deployment, please prepare your package of printed hard copies of the following documents to be kept on hand, and also submit electronic copies to CMAT:
All scanned and completed documents are to be attached to one single email, and sent to:[email protected]
IMPORTANT: Please indicate the specific dates within the ‘availability field’ dates which are fully confirmed, (i.e. tentative or pending shift trades etc. does not count. Your dates must be fully confirmed), as well as indicating possible duration of availability noting specific dates.
ALL FIELDS ON THE EXCEL FORM ARE MANDATORY. We currently do not have the time nor resources to manage the overwhelming number of applications in any other format. Incomplete forms will be rejected.
All potential CMAT members must have a complete and updated profile registered on the CMAT website. Please log in and update your profile at:
**Please note: due to recent high traffic volume, our website and registration page does occasionally experience some glitches. Please try again if you encounter an error.**
Kindly understand that we are all volunteers, and are getting inundated with hundreds of emails and phone calls, as well as working hard on response coordination (and our own full time jobs!!). By sending back your completed excel sheet and required documents, we will place you on our standby list, but we will be contacting you only if deployment is confirmed, and you are moved to the deployment list.