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Uganda: ICRC organizes war-surgery seminar.

08-04-2005 News Release 05/27

A war-surgery seminar held by the ICRC from 5 to 7 April was attended by 14 surgeons and other doctors and clinical and orthopaedic personnel from government, missionary and military hospitals in the Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts of northern Uganda.

Because the conflict in northern Uganda has severely disrupted the delivery of health-care services, the ICRC has been providing medicines and other medical supplies for six hospitals in the area and for health-care centres in camps for displaced people. The seminar was organized to raise the standard of treatment for war-wounded people by improving surgery techniques. The topics covered included first aid, resuscitation, treatment of thoracic and bone trauma and of landmine injuries, transport of patients and issues of international humanitarian law.

The hospital personnel taking part treated over 2,000 people between January 2004 and the end of February. The ICRC transfers for specialized treatment an average of 18 people every month from various camps to the hospitals it is supporting in the area.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Juan Carlos Carrera Narváez, ICRC Kampala, tel. +256 77 22 19 94  

 Marco Yuri Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 79 217 32 17