Israeli defense forces medical corps humanitarian mission for kosovo's refugees

Howard Amital, Michael L. Alkan, Jakov Adler, Iyzhak Kriess, Yehezkel Levi

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Abstract

In April 1999, during the crisis in Kosovo, the Israeli government launched a medical, field hospital in order to provide humanitarian aid to the Albanian refugees that fled from their homes in Kosovo. This facility was set up by the Medical Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces, in a refugee camp located in Northern Macedonia. During the 16 days during which the hospital functioned, the medical staff treated 1, 560 patients and hospitalized >100. The field hospital served as a referral center for all of the other primary clinics that were hastily erected in the camp and its surroundings. This communication elaborates on the various aspects of the humanitarian medical aid that were provided by this medical facility and the conclusions that learned from such a mission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Kosovo
  • field hospital
  • humanitarian aid
  • refugees

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