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Philippines: Postgraduate course in war surgery

11-10-2007 News Release 07/31

A postgraduate course in war surgery is to be held in the Philippines from 12 to 13 October 2007 with the support and participation of the ICRC. The course will be hosted by the Department of Surgery of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center.

More than 80 military medical officers and civilian surgeons with various sub-specialties from all over the Philippines are expected to attend the course, which will comprise lectures on wound ballistics, triage and the management of mass influxes of casualties, the treatment of mine injuries and amputations. The course will also focus on some basic principles of neurosurgery, thoracic surgery and abdominal surgery that are particularly relevant to the realities of armed conflicts. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of simple but proven methods of dealing with war-wounded patients.

In the Philippines, the ICRC cooperates widely with the relevant authorities, the Philippine National Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations in efforts to protect and assist persons affected by armed conflict and other forms of violence throughout the archipelago.

For further information, please contact:
  Pascal Haldimann, ICRC Manila, tel. +2 89 28 901