Israeli doctors to be recruited by UN for peacekeeping missions

An injured Nepalese woman arrives on stretcher to be treated at the Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu on May 1, 2015, following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25
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Israel was the first country to receive the UN agency's highest possible ranking for disaster response teams

The United Nations is looking to recruit Israeli doctors to join its peacekeeping missions, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, UN Medical Director Jillann Farmer plans to take a team to Israel in May as part of a recruitment drive. Candidates will need to speak English or French, and have five years of experience as well as a medical degree. 

The Jerusalem Post reports that there will be a particular emphasis on recruiting woman, as currently only 10% of the key positions in UN peacekeeping forces have been filled by female candidates.

The trip was organized by Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, who released a statement on the initiative:

“The human capital in Israel is the secret to our success as a nation and we are proud of the many women leaders in this profession,” he said, according to the Post

“The UN understands and values the contributions made by Israeli doctors to the world, and we are pleased that the UN is looking for Israelis to fill these important positions.”

In November it was announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) would honor the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Medical Corps' emergency field hospital as the best worldwide, after becoming the first country in the world to receive the UN agency's highest possible ranking for disaster response teams.

Israel was designated the world's first Type 3 field hospital capable of managing "complex inpatient referral surgical care, including intensive care capacity."

Israel has long been recognized as leaders in the field of disaster response, having deployed missions to assist in humanitarian crises around the world, including in Haiti, Nepal, the Philippines, and Japan.

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