Our Humanitarian & Expedition Medicine is a unique offering from WEM. Our expedition area in the highlands of the Simien Mountains offers enormous potential as an experiential learning opportunity but also an area where our delegates can sustainably deliver real benefit.
We aim to teach expedition medicine and skills as a foundation but also in two of the remote villages that will be hosting us to teach First Responder Skills to the local people; how to manage broken bones, cuts, burns etc. The delegates will deliver this skills course with the assistance of the WEM faculty.
The Humanitarian & Expedition Medicine course will start with sightseeing, briefing acclimatisation in Lalibela, followed by a road transfer and travel with an overnight camp along the way before we arrive at the village of Guaroch located at the base of the Simien Mountains at the height of 1700m. From there we ascend the face of the plateau on local footpath gaining height over a 1000 metres to our overnight camp at the village of Awuchare.
Once on the Simien Plateau, we will explore some of Ethiopia’s most remote villages, learning of their traditional lifestyle and history. The trekking days will be reasonable with the longest being in the region of 20 kilometres, and our height gain will be gradual. As we near the borders of the Simien Mountains National Park the villages will become less numerous as our altitude gradually increases to our expedition target of Buahit Peak, at 4430 metres, the highest point in the park.
Throughout the course, we will deliver short, focused lectures delivering essential content which will be built upon, enhanced and challenged through intense case-based and real-life situations. As a group, we will discuss and evaluate performance allowing us to enhance our skills through each experience.
Both medical and expedition content is integrated to replicate the challenge of real expeditions and humanitarian missions, helping shape your thought processes and enable you to function in extreme and resource-poor environments.
All tutoring, accommodation and most meals during the course*
What’s not included?
*Meals whilst in Lalibela and Gondor
Tips to local guides and team
Travel and health insurance
Do you need travel and health insurance?
It is an essential pre-requisite of this course that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place covering medical care, rescue and repatriation.
Please ensure that you follow the kit list and bring adequate kit. On the whole, the weather is very good at this time of year rain is possible and cold temperatures are to be expected. Some additional warm layers, hats and gloves will come in handy, as are a good Goretex jacket.