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Paediatrics on exercise ASKARI SERPENT: reflections and recommendations for pre-deployment training
  1. Daniel Wilkins
  1. Army Medical Services Support Unit, Royal Army Medical Corps, Camberley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Major Daniel Wilkins, Army Medical Services Support Unit, Royal Army Medical Corps, Camberley GU15 4NP, UK; d.wilkins{at}


The British Army has a long history of training in Kenya, including delivering health outreach to the local population on Exercise ASKARI SERPENT. This article presents data from two iterations of Exercise ASKARI SERPENT in which children accounted for almost 40% of all patients treated. Short case vignettes highlight the technical and non-technical challenges faced when treating children, before recommendations are made for pre-deployment training for Exercise ASKARI SERPENT and similar future deployments which may see military clinicians delivering treatment to the local population.

  • paediatrics
  • medical education & training
  • tropical medicine

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  • Contributors DW is the sole contributing author.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.