The First UN Buddy First Aid Course (UNBFAC-TOT) begins at the BPOTC
The First UN Buddy first Aid Course (UNBFAC) commenced at the Birendra Peace Operation Center (BPOTC) on 22 November 2021. The Commandant of BPOTC Col Dil Bikram Subba addressed the Opening Ceremony of the course. The United Nations Medical Services has developed the UNBFAC as a mandatory training for all non-medical UN peacekeepers with a view to save lives of in the field. The first UNBFAC conducted at the BPOTC is intended to prepare “Master Trainers” who can train prospective peacekeepers before deployment in UN peacekeeping operations. This training is expected to be instrumental in enhancing on site medical service availability and capability of Nepali military and police contingents in the peacekeeping missions. Total 25 trainees; including seven female officers, JCOs and NCOs are undergoing the training. Among the participants, six junior officers (SIs/ASIs) from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force Nepal are also participating in the training. The training team of the course is led by Super trainer Louis James from the UK Army assisted by two Master Trainers from Belgium, one Master Trainer and one trainer from Nepali Army. The course is planned and conducted in coordination with the Light Coordination Mechanism (LCM) of the UNHQ under the Triangular Partnership Program (TPP). This is the first UNBFAC in Asia and fifth in the world. Additional UNBFAC courses are planned to be conducted by the Master Trainers prepared from the first UNBFAC.