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Niger: ICRC organizes three surgery workshops

20-03-2008 News Release 08/51

Niamey (ICRC) – Workshops on bullet wounds and other injuries caused by weapons were held by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 18 February to 7 March.

The workshops were the first of their kind and were held in the towns of Agadez, Arlit and Niamey. They were attended by 62 health professionals including surgeons, other doctors and nurses.

Instruction on both theoretical and practical issues was provided in hospital facilities by ICRC specialists. The aim was to boost the capacity of civilian and military medical staff of the Niger to care for people wounded by such weapons as mines, bullets and shrapnel.

Among the subjects covered were trauma surgery, weapon wounds, first aid, coping with massive influxes of casualties, and the rights and obligations of medical personnel under international humanitarian law.

After assessing health-care facilities in January, the ICRC considered it important to introduce training of this sort. “The ICRC hopes that these workshops will increase the knowledge of care providers in the Niger so that wounded people will receive proper treatment on the spot, thus avoiding complications arising in connection with medical evacuations,” says Regula Frei, an ICRC health delegate based in Agadez.

ICRC medical aid programmes providing support for health authorities are part of the neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian work carried out by the organization for the benefit of civilians.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Alec Guichard, ICRC Niamey, tel. +227 96 85 78 68