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Myanmar: Workshop on treating weapon wounds

28-11-2013 News Release 13/209

Yangon (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, is launching a three-day war-surgery workshop today in Kyaing Tong, eastern Shan state. More than 30 medical personnel, including surgeons, from across the state will attend.

A similar workshop will also be held in Kachin state next month.

"The ICRC has longstanding experience of performing surgery on weapon-wounded patients in many countries around the world, often in difficult conditions," said Bart Vermeiren, deputy head of the ICRC's delegation in Myanmar. "This workshop will provide an opportunity for Myanmar health professionals and the ICRC to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices."

The workshop will be led by two ICRC surgeons highly experienced in treating people with weapon-related injuries. They will cover a variety of subjects, including wound ballistics and triage, mine injuries, amputations and physical rehabilitation. The workshop will use videos showing real-life situations and case studies in order to reveal best practices in a practical way.

"We hope that by sharing our surgical expertise with the participants, we will help them to better understand the clinical management of weapon-wounded patients," said Dr Aasa Molde, one of the surgeons running the workshop.

The ICRC works in different parts of Myanmar to strengthen access to health care. It provides support for the the Hpa-an Physical Rehabilitation Centre run by the Myanmar Red Cross Society, and for three prosthesis production workshops run by the Ministry of Health. In Rakhine state, it provides medical equipment and supplies for various health facilities and overhauls essential infrastructure. It conducts similar work in Kachin state, where it has donated essential medical supplies to hospitals in Laiza, Maja Yang and Myitkyina.

For further information, please contact:
Giuseppe Pogliari, ICRC Yangon, tel: +95 9 420 107 606
Ewan Watson, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 244 64 70