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Myanmar: Weapon wounds training for Kachin health-care professionals

03-12-2013 News Release 13/215

Yangon (ICRC) – Over 30 medical personnel including surgeons from across Kachin state will attend a war-surgery workshop starting today, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ministry of Health.

The workshop in Myitkyina will run from 3 to 5 December, and follows on from a similar event held in Kyaing Tong, eastern Shan state, at the end of November.

"The aim of the workshop is to share the ICRC's knowledge and experience with health professionals who treat weapon-wounded patients," said Claudia Matter, head of the ICRC’s office in Mandalay and in charge of operations in Kachin state. "We hope that the workshop will allow the region’s medical personnel to enhance their specialist knowledge."

As in Kyaing Tong, two ICRC surgeons are running the workshop. They will cover a wide range of subjects, including wound ballistics and triage, mine injuries, amputations and physical rehabilitation. They will share with the participants best practices on war surgery and discuss case studies with them.

The ICRC established its presence in Myanmar in 1986. It currently works in different parts of the country to strengthen access to health care and conducts visits to detention places throughout the country. In Kachin state, it donates essential medical supplies to hospitals in Laiza, Maja Yang and Myitkyina, and provides technical training to Myanmar Red Cross volunteers and funds them to carry out livelihood projects for displaced people.

For further information, please contact:
Giuseppe Pogliari, ICRC Yangon, tel: +95 9 420 107 606