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November 2, 2016 12:59 pm

IDF to Train UN Peacekeepers in Emergency Medicine

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An IDF field hospital in Nepal following that country's earthquake in 2015. Photo: IDF.

An IDF field hospital in Nepal following that country’s earthquake in 2015. Photo: IDF. – United Nations peacekeepers will take part in a special seminar in Israel led by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and leading civilian medical professionals.

The seminar, which grew out of a discussion on improving cooperation between Israel and the UN, will focus on emergency medicine and providing first-response medical personnel in conflict zones throughout the world. Israel is frequently one of the first countries to respond to worldwide humanitarian efforts by sending missions to disaster zones, with recent examples including Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal.

“We are proud to welcome UN peacekeepers to Israel to learn from the world’s leading professionals and to witness firsthand our cutting-edge techniques for treating medical emergencies deep in the field,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, Israel knows all too well about the need for quick and professional medical care in a time of need,” he added. “We hope that these UN officials will incorporate the techniques they learn during their visit to Israel into their missions, and save lives around the world.”

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