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Jordan: Doctors trained in war surgery

12-02-2013 News Release 13/18

Amman (ICRC) – More than 40 Jordanian and Syrian doctors involved in the treatment of casualties from the ongoing armed conflict in Syria are attending a three-day seminar on war surgery organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at King Abdullah University Hospital in Irbid, north of Amman.

The seminar, which started yesterday, aims to enhance the participants’ skills in treating war-wounded patients and raise their awareness of the special nature of such treatment. "This is the first time we have organized such a seminar in Jordan," said Catherine Gendre, the head of the ICRC delegation in the country. "Our surgeons have experience treating victims of armed conflict all over the world. They sometimes have to operate under very difficult conditions," she said. "We want to put their skills and experience in war surgery at the service of the participants. We hope this will help them save more lives."

ICRC medical specialists will familiarize seminar participants with appropriate surgical and anaesthesia techniques, and teach them how to manage wounds and care for patients in the difficult conditions of war zones. They will also acquaint them with the rules of international humanitarian law governing access to medical care in times of war.

"The seminar offers a unique opportunity for doctors and health personnel treating war-related casualties to exchange knowledge, experiences and case studies as well as to improve their ability to deal with the wide range of injuries caused by explosive ordnance and other weapons," said Dr Kasbar Tashdjian, an ICRC medical delegate.

The ICRC has been working in Jordan since 1967. Its main activities consist in visiting detainees, helping civilians and foreign detainees to restore contact with family members, and promoting international humanitarian law throughout Jordanian society in close cooperation with the Jordan National Red Crescent Society. The ICRC delegation in Amman also provides logistical support for ICRC relief operations in the region and beyond.

For further information, please contact:
Hala Shamlawi, ICRC Amman, tel: +962 777 398 794