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Cablegate: Czechs Offer Surgical Care for Seriously-Injured

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PP RUEHAST
DE RUEHPG #0898 2151245
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 031245Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY PRAGUE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7737
INFO RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 0034
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV PRIORITY 0676
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM PRIORITY 0185
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS PRAGUE 000898

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

EUR/NCE FOR ERIC FICHTE, NEA/XXX

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PREL MOPS IS LE EZ
SUBJECT: CZECHS OFFER SURGICAL CARE FOR SERIOUSLY-INJURED
LEBANESE CHILDREN

REF: PRAGUE 00192

1. (SBU) Summary. The Czech government has launched a medevac
program to help critically injured women and children in
Lebanon. This program is modeled on the successful Czech
medevac programs for Iraq and Pakistan, and typifies the
GOCR's modest yet extraordinarily active and adaptable
disaster response mechanism and humanitarian assistance
programs. The Czechs welcome U.S. assistance in identifying
eligible patients. If necessary, the Czechs may seek allied
assistance evacuating patients out of Lebanon. End summary.

2. (U) Poloff met with Czech Ministry of Interior officials
on August 1 to discuss the Czech government's new Lebanese
medevac program. The Head of the MOI's Unit for Policy,
International Relations and Information on Countries of
Origin Pavla Fridrichova said the program is similar to the
Czechs' successful medevac programs for Iraq and Pakistan
(Ref A). The program aims to provide emergency medical care
to approximately 20-30 Lebanese people, preferably children
or mother and child pairs.

3. (U) According to Fridrichova, the program will bring
patients to the Czech Republic to receive surgical or medical
care, and provide material support to them and accompanying
family members while they recuperate. To be eligible, the
patient should: (1) be a child or a mother and child pair,
(2) have a serious injury or medical condition that cannot be
treated in Lebanon because of the current situation, and (3)
be stable enough to survive transportation to the Czech
Republic.

4. (SBU) Fridrichova said the MOI is working with UNHCR and
NGO Caritas in Lebanon to identify eligible patients, but has
not identified any yet. Therefore, the Czechs would welcome
U.S. assistance in identifying eligible patients. In
addition, if necessary, the Czechs may seek allied assistance
to evacuate patients safely out of Lebanon.

5. (U) The medevac program has received $440,000 in Czech
government funding (CSK 10 million), which the Czechs believe
could be used to treat up to 30 cases.
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