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Haiti: Surgery conference opens in Port-au-Prince

18-06-2004 News Release 04/73

More than 200 doctors, surgeons, interns and nurses have been invited to take part in two conferences organized by the ICRC in Haiti.

The first, which is being held today and tomorrow in Port-au-Prince, is for the medical staff of hospitals in the capital, Saint-Marc and the south of the country. The second, which is for medical staff in the north of the country, will take place in Cap-Haitien on 25 and 26 June.
 
The conferences, entitled “Management of war-wounded patients and trauma cases”, will focus on surgery and medical care for patients who have been shot or stabbed and on the organization of medical services and the triage of injured persons in times of natural disaster or armed conflict. Other topics will include the application of the Geneva Conventions and the protection due to patients and to medical personnel and facilities.
 
“These meetings will give us an opportunity to talk with our Haitian colleagues and exchange views with them,” said Dr Gabriel Salazar, the ICRC’s medical coordinator in Haiti. “We can offer them the considerable experience and knowledge the ICRC has acquired in conflict situations throughout the world.”
 
“We also hope that these discussions will be of help to Haitian health professionals in their efforts to improve the management and treatment of injured persons in times of violence or natural disaster,” he added.
 
The ICRC will conduct the meetings, which are being held under the auspices of the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population, the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.
 
The ICRC, which has been present in Haiti without interruption since 1994, organizes similar events at the international level. Its doctors publish handbooks on war surgery and contribute to specialized journals.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Dr Gabriel Salazar or Dr Hassan Nasreddine , ICRC Haiti, tel. : +509 257 71 43  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. : +41 22 730 24 58