U.S. Government Supports UPDF Casualty Care Instructor Training

Students from the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces use a training mannequin to practice establishing a patient’s airway as part of a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course held at the Allied Health Nursing School in Jinja, Uganda.



August 27, 2019 | PR 09/19 

U.S. Government Supports UPDF Casualty Care Instructor Training

KAMPALA – On August 23, the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) Allied Health Nursing School completed the final phase of U.S.-provided Tactical Combat Casualty Care instructor training, certifying 12 Ugandan instructors.  This pre-hospital casualty training curriculum is the same program taught by the U.S. Department of Defense and is certified by the internationally-recognized National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Uganda is the second African country to meet this important milestone and is poised to become Africa’s first affiliate faculty institution, capable of producing new NAEMT-certified chapters, both within Ugandan and across the region.

During the course, the students learned how to instruct UPDF soldiers on the principles of providing tactical field care:  establish security, control serious bleeding, establish and protect an airway/breathing, address other wounds, and prevent hypothermia.  The Tactical Combat Casualty Care course has become an integral part of the UPDF’s peacekeeping operations training program.  With this certification, the UPDF will be able to provide this life-saving training to its own soldiers prior to deployment to regional peacekeeping missions.

Speaking at the certification ceremony, Colonel Kelly A. Murray, Command Surgeon for U.S. Army Africa, said “This certification represents a huge milestone in military medicine for Uganda and for the partnership between our two countries.” 

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Eriki Peter

Media Program Assistant

U.S. Mission Uganda

Email: ErikiPP@state.gov

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