IDF field hospital recognized by UN as best in the world

The World Health Organization officially recognized the IDF’s field hospital, which gives medical aid during natural disasters, as the highest ranking in the world.
The best field hospital in the world Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News

The United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognized the IDF’s field hospital today (Sunday). In addition, the WHO gave the medical team a Type 3 classification, the highest in the world, making Israel a leader in the field.

“There are hundreds of hospitals such as these around the world and until today, only 16 have been recognized by the WHO,” explained IDF Field Hospital Unit Commander Colonel (res.) Ofer Merin. “According to the organization, only these are allowed to provide medical aid in disaster areas. The IDF’s field hospital has been recognized as the 17th.”

“In addition, we have been classified as a Type 3 field hospital- the highest possible ranking given by the WHO,” added Merin. “We are the first ones to achieve this rank and currently, the only ones. There’s national pride and there’s a clear statement that our field hospital is the leading of its kind in the world. It aided a large number of countries including 4 disasters in the last years in Nepal, the Philippines, Haiti and Japan.”

The only one of its rank Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News

In 2013, the WHO decided to create criteria for how foreign medical teams handle disasters on a scale of 1 to 3. They decided that every foreign team that comes to assist in a disaster must be classified as at least a Type 2 field hospital, meaning that it has surgical capabilities. The WHO sent teams to examine the various field hospitals in the aftermath of natural disasters around the worlds. The IDF’s field hospital as a Type 3 can treat trauma victims and provide complex medical aid including surgery.

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