Lebanon: ICRC and Iranian Red Crescent hold war-surgery seminar
23-10-2013 News Release 13/177
Beirut (ICRC) – From 23 to 25 October, some three dozen Lebanese surgeons will attend a war-surgery seminar in Nabatieh, southern Lebanon, organized jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"The ICRC is sharing its know-how, acquired through long experience in the field, to help prepare Lebanese surgeons to operate in situations where only limited resources are available, using simple and effective techniques, should they need to do so," said ICRC surgeon Marco Baldan, who specializes in the treatment and management of weapon wounds. "This could help them save lives."
Around a dozen seminars of this kind have been held in various parts of Lebanon in the past few years. However, this is the first time that the ICRC has organized such an event in cooperation with Iran's Red Crescent Society. "The Iranian Red Crescent is ready to cooperate further with the ICRC in areas that contribute to the welfare of society and humanity," said Iranian Red Crescent representative in Lebanon, Dr Jawad Fallah. "We expect the war-surgery seminar to have an extremely positive impact."
The surgeons attending the seminar will also familiarize themselves with the rights and duties of medical personnel during armed conflict, and with the rules of international humanitarian law which require unimpeded and safe access to medical care in times of war for all wounded and sick people, without discrimination and according to need.
The ICRC held its first war-surgery seminar in Mogadishu in 1989. Since then, it has organized more than 200 such events all over the world.
For further information, please contact:
Samar el Kadi, ICRC Beirut, tel. +961 70 153 928