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Sri Lanka: ICRC holds war surgery workshops

31-07-2006 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Colombo on 31 July 2006

The ICRC held a series of three war surgery workshops for Sri Lankan doctors during July in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Batticaloa sharing the experience the organization has acquired in the field of war surgery.

Following the success of previous ICRC seminars in other parts of Sri Lanka, these events were aimed at Sri Lankan surgeons and other doctors from the north-east, the region worst affected by violence. The main objective was to enhance the skills of Sri Lankan doctors in the management of war-wounded.

Conducted by senior ICRC surgeon Dr Chris Giannou from Geneva, sessions focused on the practical aspects of treating and caring for patients with war-related injuries. The workshops also covered the ICRC’s role and mandate during conflict, and included case presentations by Sri Lankan doctors and practical training on war surgery procedures, both inside and outside the operating theatre. More than eighty medical specialists attended the three workshops, which were run in conjunction with Jaffna Teaching Hospital, the Kilinochchi Medical Association and Batticaloa Teaching Hospital.

The ICRC also participated in the International Conference on Military Medicine and Disaster Management in Colombo between 21 and 23 July. The conference was organized by the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Ceylon Volunteer Medical Corps. Dr Giannou gave two presentations at the conference on the role and mandate of the ICRC in conflict situations and on the triage of mass casualties during armed conflict and natural disaster. Both pr esentations were greatly appreciated by the participants who included representatives from the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India and the United Arab Emirates in addition to Sri Lanka Army medical staff.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Dr Kasbar Tashdjian, ICRC health coordinator, Colombo, tel. +94 777 289681  

 Davide Vignati, ICRC communication coordinator, Colombo, tel. +94 777 289682  

 or visit our website: www.icrc.org