Military personnel have been challenged to strengthen their understanding of forensic procedures when they handle human remains during disasters without distorting identities.

The four day training was organised by the SADC military health services committee in conjunction with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In his closing remarks, head of regional delegation of the ICRC, Mr Thomas Merkelbach said humanitarian action requires a coordinated effort from political, military, and humanitarian authorities.

Participants hailed the training saying during peace keeping missions military personnel work in emergencies and disasters hence the need to be trained on latest techniques on the dignified management of human remains.

The four day workshop focused on how to handle bodies without disturbing evidence used in the identification process, with participants drawn from SADC countries namely Botswana, Angola, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

The workshop was aimed at equipping military personnel from the SADC region with current techniques and practices of improving forensic procedures during disasters.