The First UN Buddy First Course (UNBFAC-TOT) Concluded at the BPOTC
The First UN Buddy first Aid Course (UNBFAC) was successfully concluded at the Birendra Peace Operation Center (BPOTC) on 26 November 2021. The Commandant of BPOTC Col Dil Bikram Subba addressed the closing Ceremony of the course. The first UNBFAC was intended to prepare “Master Trainers” who can train prospective peacekeepers before deployment in UN peacekeeping operations. Among 25 trainees, 10 participants were qualified as “Master Trainers” including one/one each from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, Nepal. The training team of the course led by Super Trainer S/SGT Louis James from the UK Army also decided to upgrade one Master Trainer from Nepal as “Super Trainer” and one trainer as “Master Trainer” who were part of the trainer team. One Master Trainer and one trainer from Belgium were also upgraded to “Super Trainer” and “Master Trainer”. 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 in the field. 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. The course was 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 “Super Trainer” and Master Trainers prepared from the first UNBFAC.