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4,126,040 or four million one hundred and twenty six thousand and forty consultations

05-04-2002 News Release 02/14

7 April is World Health Day; a good time to look at ICRC health care statistics. During 2001, the ICRC carried out a medical consultation (or gave some other form of health care) on 4,126,040 occasions. A total of 18,189 war wounded were admitted to the 104 hospitals and clinics the ICRC supports. Between them, these persons underwent 161,832 operations. The ICRC carried out 2,330,699 outpatient consultations in these same hospitals and clinics, plus another 1,623,278 consultations in the 226 community health centres it supports. A further 10,231 cases were treated in 17 first-aid posts.

Last year also saw the ICRC supply 7,837 artificial limbs and 6,816 other appliances to patients newly registered at its limb-fitting centres.

By encouraging respect for international humanitarian law and delivering humanitarian assistance, the ICRC promotes the health and well-being of people affected by armed conflict, working both to prevent and to cure.