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Iraq: Lifesaving Front-Line Response


The World Health Organisation, the Federal Ministry of Health, Iraq and the Ninewa Department of Health have opened a trauma field hospital in Athba, 15 km from the war frontlines of west Mosul, Iraq. It has 2 operating theatres and 56 beds and services include advanced life support, definitive wound management, and a range of general and specialised lifesaving surgical capabilities. Days after its opening, 36 patients, including 30 civilians, were treated in the hospital. Picture shows a wounded civilian being treated.
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Israel: National Emergency Drill Prepares for the Worst


Israelis will get a real time drill next week, including how to act in achemical weapons attack, in the annual Home Front national EmergencyPreparedness drill. Tensions on the northern border postponed the drill,which was supposed to take place
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Israel: Israeli Children Take Part in 3-day Emergency Eexercise


Jerusalem: Israeli pupils at a school in Jerusalem headed to their shelters as an air raid siren rang out on May 27 Monday - part of an annual nation-wide drill to prepare citizens for a range of scenarios involving missile attacks and attacks with unconventional home-made weapons. The siren sounded at 12.30pm local time (0930GMT), aimed at nurseries, schools and workplaces, prompting them to practice reaching safe zones quickly and calmly. "The kids they know that it's a drill, they prepare very well for this and when it's time for real, when it's a real time, then they know exactly what to do and they won't be frightened or terr
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Israel: A Unique Bar Mitzva Gift: MDA Training


Friends and relatives of  bat/bar mitzva girls and boys looking for a thoughtful and unusual gift can now consider one from Magen David Adom – a modified, four-session lifesaving course. The first-aid, blood-supply and ambulance service said on Wednesday that “graduates” of the 12-hour course receive a special “Project Mitzva” certificate. The project will begin in July in some MDA branches and cost only NIS 120 per child. It has already begun in Herzliya at the communications school in the Interdisciplinary Center.    
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Israel: Method for Resuscitating Cardiac Arrest Victims Used in MDA Courses, but not Known by Health Ministry


A new technique developed at the University of Arizona School of Medicine to revive victims of cardiac arrest without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is sweeping the world and saving lives. But although Magen David Adom has begun to teach its medics how to use the Chest-Compression-Only Resuscitation (CCOR) technique which can be performed after watching a short video, senior Health Ministry officials were unaware of it, and the public has not been informed. Unlike regular cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, in which the rescuer alternates between 30 chest compressions and two breaths by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation – which has been taught in
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