Volunteer doctors are “better organised” to treat casualties in Tahrir Square than during previous unrest

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 24 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7666
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Volunteer doctors have set up three field hospitals around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, treating casualties from the latest clashes between protesters and government forces.

The three hospitals—set up in a mosque, a church, and in a praying area next to the square —have been treating protesters since 19 November, Mario Stephan, head of the Egypt mission at the charity Medécins sans Frontières (MSF), told the BMJ.

The hospitals were set up and are staffed by Egyptian volunteers, many of them ordinary doctors who have come to offer their services, Mr Stephan said.

“We are visiting the hospitals on a daily basis. They look like any field hospital you would expect to find in this kind of situation,” he said.

Alongside the field hospitals pharmacies …

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