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Jordan: Seminar on treating weapon wounds

10-04-2014 News Release 14/ AMM 1400885

Amman (ICRC) – A war-surgery seminar, the second of its kind organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), started today at King Abdullah University Hospital in Irbid, north of Jordan.

The three-day seminar, which brings together around 55 Jordanian and Syrian doctors, is being run by two senior ICRC surgeons who specialize in treating patients with weapon-caused injuries.

"The seminar aims to support Jordanian and Syrian doctors involved in the treatment of casualties from the armed conflict in Syria," said Dr Hussain Al Dahwi, who coordinates the medical activities of the ICRC Amman delegation. "The doctors and other health personnel are being introduced to ICRC know-how in the management of weapon-related injuries."

The ICRC surgeons are familiarizing the participants with appropriate surgical and anaesthesia techniques, and teaching them how to manage wounds and care for patients in the difficult conditions of war zones. They are also acquainting them with the rules of international humanitarian law governing access to medical care in times of war.

A previous seminar on war surgery was held in Amman in February 2013.

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