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EWM founder Mark Hannaford on the iconic Desert & Wilderness Medicine course

Desert & Wilderness Medicine CME accredited medical training course in Namibia

Sheltering the shadow of Brandberg Mountain, Namibia’s highest, EWM’s Desert & Wilderness Medicine course really is something different as Mark Hannaford explains

Developed for medical professionals and advanced medics working in hot or arid climates, the Desert and Wilderness Medicine medical training course aims to introduce participants to the skills required for working in hot, arid and sub Saharan areas, and to care for and treat injuries and illness likely to occur in this fascinating environment.

 

Book your place on Desert Medicine now …..www.expeditionmedicine.co.uk

Of interest – Conservation ‘Wild Medicine’ in Namibia

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Dr Christoffer van Tulleken joins the Desert Medicine Team in Namibia

Chris is currently an academic registrar at University College London Hospital in Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine and has extensive experience of remote medicine and will be joining the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Desert Medicine course in Namibia  in early May.

Chris has been the medical consultant and location medic for more than 12 documentary series including BBC’s Tribe, Amazon and Human Planet. He has also presented several documentaries about humanitarianism, science and remote indigenous societies. Desert Medicine course - Namibia

Filming with remote populations in Congo, Peru and Russia lead to humanitarian work. Chris is a Patron of the medical aid agency Merlin and is also on their Emergency Response Team. He has worked as a Medical Coordinator in emergencies in Burma, Central African Republic and Pakistan.

After many years of climbing Chris was part of the team on the 2008 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research expedition to Cho Oyu. A trip to Uganda to study worms in Chimpanzees lead to his current interest at UCL in primate viruses.

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Heat related injuries in extreme desert conditions

Operating in extremely hot conditions creates a unique set of medical risks. In the link is the medical outline – for non medics, regarding those risks from the Namibia Ultra Marathon training guide.

DEHYDRATION
Dehydration is the most common heat related illness – in fact, it is thought that dehydration could be the single greatest threat to the health of an athlete. When training regularly and for long distances, fluid intake should be made a priority. You must drink fluids all day – not just during training.

Don’t depend on feeling thirsty to tell you when to drink. Thirst is a late response of the body to fluid depletion. Once you feel thirsty, you are already low on fluids. The best indicator of proper fluid levels is urine output and colour. Ample urine that is light coloured to clear shows that the body has plenty of fluid.

Dark urine means that the body is low on water, and is trying to conserve its supply by hoarding fluid which means that urine becomes more concentrated (thereby darker).

Dehydration can be the cause of feelings of fatigue or exhaustion – at all times watch out for signs of dehydration and take on water regularly through out the day.

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Desert Medicine Training Course | Namibia

Desert & Wildnerness Medicine Training CourseDr Sean Hudson explains why we’ve chosen Namibia to run our new Desert Medicine Course.

There truly aren’t enough superlatives to describe how beautiful Namibia is. Hence when we came to choose a destination for our new desert medicine course, there was only one possible choice.

As a group, Expedition Medicine have been working, travelling, holidaying and honeymooning in Namibia for over 10 years. It has a quality which is becoming increasingly rare and difficult to find in Africa. It still remains exotic and predominantly unspoilt, tourism is increasing but slowly.

The diversity of the country is its strength, whether you yearn for endless deserts, exotic mountains, huge dunes, canyons, rivers, a myriad of game parks or the most remarkable coastline in the whole of Africa, it is all here. All set to the backdrop of German efficiency, which has created a medical infrastructure which can support any expedition.

Caroline and I first worked in the Namib as guides and medics in 1998 and fell in love with the country. We have returned many times and are very excited about the desert medicine course. It’s a beautiful location, with Brandberg as a backdrop, and the opportunity to encounter the remarkably adapted desert elephants which often can be found in the Uhab River.

The team are quite exceptional, and I can’t wait to learn from them and their vast experience, in this and other desert environments around the world. If you want to camp in one of the oldest deserts in the world, in the shadow of a mountain which has been a refuge for desert nomads in hard times for over 6000 years, track elephant, learn how to survive and treat medical conditions common in this environment, then there is no question you would enjoy our trip to Namibia.

Dr Sean Hudson

Find out more about the Expedition Medicine Desert Medicine training course in Namibia.

Desert Medicine | Brandberg sunset
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