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Safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices

With a high risk profile it might be time to consider safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices. Specifically face to face training covering topics such as first aid and medical care, alongside personal safety training.

Lazarus Training provides a wide range of first aid and safety training courses and is registered as a supplier on the United Nations General Marketplace [UNGM].

With a global presence via its field offices, UNODC staff are exposed to a wide range of risks, from those posed by the location to those posed by the work that you do. Road traffic collisions [RTC] can occur anywhere in the world, in Austria the rate of deaths due to RTCs is 5.4 per 100,000 people. In Thailand it is 36.2, Kenya 29.1, Senegal 27.2 and Tanzania 32.9.

In Afghanistan 18% of deaths are due to injury, in Colombia it is 17% and Tanzania 11%. These figures are for the general population, it doesn’t allow for the risk profile of staff from UNODC who are working to improve lives, by combating organised crime, trafficking, corruption and terrorism.

Experienced in working with large organisations and multinationals, Lazarus Training has a range of first aid, medical and safety training courses which would fit the need for safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices.

We have worked in many countries including: Afghanistan; Bosnia; Egypt; Ethiopia; Georgia; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Nigeria; Pakistan; Russia, Senegal; South Africa and Thailand.

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First Aid Training in West Africa

Our training courses are designed for each learning group so that we can tailor the courses around localised needs, whilst still delivering international guidelines to a high standard across multiple locations.

Our courses work in a modular format and last from a few hours up to five days dependant on the finalised learning outcomes/content.

Most of our training courses feature scenarios, role playing events where the delegates can practice in a safe learning environment, but at the same time getting as close to real as possible. We summarise this in our #trainforreal ethos- you can read more about this here.

As you would expect from a training organisations with ISO 9001:2015 quality is at the heart of all we do. This is reflected in the planning that goes into our training events. We will share course timetables, scheme of work, sample lesson plans, scenario plans and assessment plans before the training.

You can find out more about our general training by following the links below:

First Aid in Remote Locations

First Aid in Hostile Locations

Hostile Environments Training

But remember, each course is designed specifically for each learning group/client.


So if you are looking for safety training for staff of the UNODC field offices, we would expect you would like to know more?

Contact us on info@lazarustraining.co.uk to talk more.


Freelancer safety training- a view point on National Freelancers Day

Media from hostile environments is increasingly gathered by freelancers, as the bigger organisations take a more risk adverse outlook. Often the freelancer finds themselves plunged into the situation and reporting within hours of making the decision, typically lacking any form of freelancer safety training.

As we approach National Freelancers Day on 21st November 2014, it is fitting to reflect on the risks to freelancers aiming to make their name in hostile environments.

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INSI records the tragic casualty figures for media workers, including freelancers. Their casualty counter [at time of writing] sits at 99, almost awaiting to “click over” to the horrific landmark of 100 media worker deaths. Where is the most “dangerous” place to work in media? INSIs figures suggest that Pakistan sits ahead of Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, with shooting being the main cause of these deaths. For full figures from INSI click here.

So if the leading cause of death is shooting, is there anything that can be done? Bullet proof vests- are only fully bullet proof in the movies, those offering the highest levels of protection, often simulatenously providing the greatest limitation to movement. Should a freelancer hinge their safety on the ballistic properties of their body armour? Or is a wider approach required?

Many of the larger media outlets invest in providing their media staff traveling to warzones and disaster areas with safety training, typically called Hostile Environments Training. This training commonly focuses on the complete approach from pre-deployment planning, via risk assessment, critical decision making, kit selection and typically first aid training. These courses are extremely worthwhile, but can often be too costly for the freelancer to access.

If time allows the freelancer can often cover a number of these topics themselves, gathering resources from a number of sources, INSI has a wide range of resources and advice [including risk assessment templates] which can be downloaded from their safety pages.

Health issues can be researched via websites such as the American Centre of Disease Control, with many training providers offering remote area or hostile environments first aid training [including us] but there are also a number of useful books and apps. This will be the subject of another post to come shortly.