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Geneva: treating war casualties

24-04-1996 News Release 96/16

The seventh ICRC Surgical Seminar on the Management of War Wounds ended in Geneva on 21 April. The event, which brought together more than 42 surgeons from 19 countries, provided participants with the opportunity to share experience gained while performing humanitarian work in conflict situations.

At the heart of the ICRC's war surgery philosophy, which the seminar reaffirmed, is the motto " simple, safe and basic " - whatever is done to assist people wounded in war, it must be efficient, readily available and adapted to their needs.

The non-ICRC participants in the seminar included two Rwandan surgeons who had worked extensively in their war-torn country, a Ghanaian military surgeon with experience in Liberia and two Polish military surgeons.