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Roads for Life is Exported to Iraq and Doctors join in the New Rescue Culture

2 June 2017

Roads For Life (RFL) President Zeina Kassem asserted that Lebanon is going regional thanks to the rescue culture it had adopted since 2011 and reaching out towards Iraq, which is in most need of providing its medical and nursing staff with specialized rescue sessions.

On April 2 2017, six doctors from the Kadhimiya Hospital in Baghdad thus took part in the 28th ATLS and 14th ATCN training session, over the course of 3 days, organized by RFL and managed by ATLS National Chair Dr. George Abi Saad in cooperation with the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and ACS Region 17 Chief Dr. Saoud Al-Turki. After graduating with their fellow Lebanese physicians, the Iraqi doctors underwent a second Training of Trainers session and will soon return to Baghdad where they are expected to inaugurate a new one-of-its-kind protocol for rescuing victims in Iraq.

In conclusion, Kassem said, RFL has generalized the rescue culture in Lebanon and is contributing to spreading this humanitarian experience outside the country, as it believes that rescue knows no religion, confession, race or geographical boundaries. She hoped that the new Iraqi trainers will generalize the “golden hour for rescue” in their country and that constant communication and coordination will be initiated with Iraqi hospitals in order to develop their rescue methods and techniques.