COMEDS conference held in Israel


IDF representative (left) with NATO medical officers (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

Medical officers from all NATO countries attended the conference, headed by the IDF, to discuss issues of military medical care, humanitarian aid and operations in disaster-struck countries.

 COMEDS conference held in Israel

Photo: IDF Spokesperson

As part of the NATO Committee of the Medical Chief of Military Medical Services (COMEDS), the IDF Medical Corps hosted Surgeon Generals and senior medical officers from NATO member countries from May 21-25. This is the first time in which the conference is being held in a non-NATO member country outside Europe.

COMEDS, chaired by Brigadier General Dr. Rob Van Der Meer from the Netherlands, promotes international cooperation between NATO member countries and partners in the fields of military medicine, disaster medicine and humanitarian medicine.

 COMEDS conference held in Israel

IDF delegation in Japan after the earthquake in March 2011 (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)

The conference included lectures, discussions, a variety of panels and a display of Israel’s capabilities to aid in international disasters and humanitarian crises. In addition, participants observed a large-scale Home Front Command & Medical Corps exercise at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba simulating a non-conventional missile landing, displaying Israeli capabilities to contend with home front emergencies.