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Democratic Republic of the Congo: War surgery seminar

06-10-2000 News Release 00/38

The ICRC and the Congolese Ministries of Defence and Health held a joint war-surgery seminar in Kinshasa from 27 to 30 September. The event brought together 65 doctors from all over the country (50 military officers and 15 civilians) to share their experience and discuss how best to improve the treatment of war casualties.

The deputy Minister of Defence opened the proceedings in the presence of both the Minister of Health and the head of the ICRC's Kinshasa delegation.

Throughout 1999 the ICRC supported a dozen Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Health medical facilities, helping to treat over 3,000 wounded people. Over the same period, the orthopaedic centre run jointly by the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo fitted some 300 amputees – many of whom had lost limbs as a result of war – with ICRC-produced artificial limbs.