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Uncoordinated medical team deployment during a sudden onset disaster (SOD) or disease outbreak can disrupt national emergency coordination plans. Medical teams that deploy without first understanding the national or international emergency response systems may not only deplete a countries resources if not fully self-sufficient, but also may not recognize the receiving country's medical needs, as was the case of the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods of 2010. In response to these emergencies, the Global health cluster(link is external) established The Foreign Medical Team (FMT) working group(link is external) to develop a global mechanism that would establish coordination based upon the needs of the recieving country. Now known as the FMT Initiative, the aim is to support governments in building capacity and strengthening their health systems by offering coordination assistance of medical teams during a SOD or disease outbreak.

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