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Quoted: How doctors operate in wartime
June 27, 2012 by The IRC
|An International Rescue Committee nurse examines a Syrian refugee boy at a medical clinic in Jordan. Photo: Haifa Hussain/IRC|
What does it take to save lives in war zones?
Discovery News posed this question to the International Rescue Committee's Dr. Emmanuel d’Harcourt and other doctors responding to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the ongoing violent conflict in Syria.
Dr. d’Harcourt said that cross-cultural skills, conflict resolution experience and a calm demeanor are the basic elements of security for doctors who work in dangerous locales. Local knowledge is also critical, he said — IRC teams are largely staffed by locals. Among refugees, there are usually nurses and health workers whose expertise can be tapped. “You’re not arriving in a vacuum, no matter how difficult the situation.”
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