The first mandate for the EUTM-Mali was established in February 2013. It was tasked with providing training support to the Malian Armed Forces.
In 2017, the EUTM-M refined its approach to the provision of training to the Malian Armed Forces by implementing a de-centralised training concept, aimed at delivering greater reach and impact. With the Mission's staff deployed considerable distances from its in- place medical support, it required a deployable medical capability to ensure accepted clinical timelines could be met within the overall patient care pathway.
To meet this requirement, the Mission contracted for the provision of a turnkey Damage Control Surgery (DCS) capability to integrate into the wider EUTM-M medical system.
Iqarus is the International SOS Group's specialised unit that is dedicated to providing medical services in the most complex and demanding of operating geographies - physical, political, cultural and environmental. As such, it is Iqarus, enabled by the global resources available within the International SOS Group, that is directly responsible for on the ground medical and operational delivery aspects for the EUTM-M.