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Democratic Republic of the Congo: War surgery seminar

30-11-2001 News Release 01/47

From 20 to 30 November, the ICRC and the Congolese Ministries of Defence and Health ran a joint war surgery seminar in Kinshasa, opened by the Minister of Defence.

The aim of the seminar was to enable Congolese surgeons to exchange information with their ICRC counterparts regarding the treatment of war casualties, with a view to improving the management of this type of casualty. Following two days of theory, the participants started to put what they had learned into practice, performing operations in the military hospital at Kokolo Camp. In total, 27 surgeons of the Congolese armed forces (FAC) took part in this seminar, which followed two run by the FAC and the ICRC in Lubumbashi and Kinshasa last year.

The ICRC has set up a number of programmes with the FAC medical corps, supporting medical facilities that treat war casualties and providing training for combat stretcher-bearers and military surgeons.

The ICRC will continue to work with the Congolese authorities under its mandate to help the victims of war and internal violence and to ensure respect for international humanitarian law.