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Colombia: War surgery seminar

22-05-2006 News Release 06/26

A training seminar in war surgery will be held in Bogotá, Colombia, from 23 to 25 May for a group of civilian and military surgeons from the public health sector. Its purpose is to ensure better care for people wounded in connection with armed conflict in the country, whether by firearms or mines and other explosive remnants of war, including improvised devices.

The participants will exchange experiences in various medical fields, such as pre-hospital care and the management of skeletal, visceral, maxillofacial and thoracoabdominal injuries. Several sessions will be devoted to international humanitarian law, respect for medical personnel in armed conflict and the mine-related prevention activities carried out by the Colombian Red Cross together with the ICRC.

The seminar will be taught by Colombian surgeons, two ICRC surgeons arriving from abroad and ICRC representatives based in the country. It has been organized with the support of the Ministries of National Defence and Social Security and the Bogotá district office of the Department of Health.

The event is part of a course on the management of war wounds set up by the Ministry of Social Security, in cooperation with the ICRC, for the medical staff of walk-in clinics in a number of Colombian cities.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Yves Heller, ICRC, Bogotá, tel + 571 313 86 30 or + 57 311 491 07 89  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC, Geneva, tel + 41 22 730 24 58 or + 41 79 217 32 24