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Israeli Health Delegation in Ethiopia to Offer Trauma Training

January 11, 2023

by: Ilse Strauss

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Simulation of treatment at the trauma center of Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 | An Israeli medical delegation touched down in the Jewish state last week after spending a week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia training local doctors and nurses in advanced traumatology, Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency service said in a statement.

The delegation—a joint initiative by the Israeli Health Ministry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Food Program and the Ethiopian Health Ministry—comprised a paramedic, a nurse and various emergency medicine specialists from three Israeli hospitals, thus offering the combined skills and experience of MDA and Israel’s cutting-edge medical system.

The Israelis shared their know-how with a team of 26 doctors and nurses from Addis Ababa hospitals in a bid to boost the country’s standard of treating trauma patients, the statement said. The week of training included a series of lectures, simulations, trauma scenario drills and hands-on practice using advanced medical equipment.

“This mission is of vital importance,” the statement quoted MDA paramedic Eldar Malka as saying. “There are a large number of trauma victims in Ethiopia, many of them due to shootings and car accidents. All the members of the delegation are experts in emergency medicine, something that helps us impart our theoretical and practical knowledge to the local teams in the best possible way. It is a great privilege to be here, and to give of our knowledge and experience as MDA teams.”

Israel’s unique situation has forced the tiny nation to become a world leader when it comes to traumatology. In the nearly 75 years since its rebirth, Israel has fought a significant war every decade. Aside from the major conflicts, the country also lived through the terrible days of the First and Second Intifadas (uprisings), when Palestinian suicide bombers turned busses, restaurants and shopping malls into raging infernos. Then there is the daily threat of rockets and missiles aimed at civilian populations and terrorists armed with knives, guns or explosives stalking women, children and the elderly.

Tragic circumstances have forced the Israelis to hone their response procedures during times of emergency to a fine art. There was simply no other alternative. The Jewish state had to become one of the world’s leading experts in dealing with mass casualty situations. And on the battlefields of their borders, in the charred shells of bombed-out busses and amidst city streets haunted by terror, they learned to do so with fierce dedication, unparalleled skill and tender compassion.

Yet what their enemies meant for harm, the descendants of Abraham have used as yet another means to bless the nations. Tiny Israel is committed to sharing the experience and expertise forged from the most painful events in its history with those who suffer—regardless of where they are in the world. And now the people of Ethiopia stand to benefit too.

Posted on January 11, 2023

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 11, 2023)

Photo Credit: Pioter Fliter/Ramban Medical Center/

Photo License: Wikimedia

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