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16 October 2019 - 17 Tishri 5780 - י"ז תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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IDF Medical Corps field hospital wins WHO’s highest rating E-mail

In recent years, Israel has often sent humanitarian aid to disaster-struck areas of the world. This aid often takes the form of field hospitals equipped with the best and latest medical technologies and the best medical teams that Israel has to offer.

From the natural disaster in Haiti to the disaster in the Philippines, teams from the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps (IDF Medical Corps) have set up field hospitals and treated masses of injured victims.

Now, after hard work by the IDF and the Medical Corps, aided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, vis-à-vis the World Health Organization (WHO), the Medical Corps field hospital has won the highest accreditation given by WHO for field hospitals. Out of hundreds of field hospitals operating throughout the world, only 16 have so far been accredited by WHO, and Israel has not only joined their ranks but has also won the organisation’s highest rating. While the other 16 field hospitals are accredited to provide expert consultation, Israel’s rating allows it to extend treatment in cases of trauma.

A major ceremony took place in Hong Kong to announce Israel’s significant achievement. Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was the special guest of honour as she visited Hong Kong from 28-29 November.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely, in the presence of an IDF Medical Corps delegation from Israel, received the award given by WHO in recognition of IDF Medical Corps’ emergency medical teams’ (EMT) high level of commitment, adherence and capability in foreign emergency medical teams in sudden onset disasters.

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