UN recruits Israeli medical professionals for UN peacekeeping

Remarking on the UN’s desire to recruit medical professionals from Israel, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said that Israel’s human capital “is the secret to our success as a nation.”

United Nations (UN) medical director Jillan Farmer will head a seminar to Israel next month, seeking to recruit medical professionals for UN peacekeeping forces, according a statement released on Tuesday by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

“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,” Danon stated.

“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 added.

The human capital provided by the Jewish state has been displayed in the countless disaster relief teams that were dispatched all over the world to help in recovery efforts.  Members of the IDF Medical Corps and Home Front Command were sent to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, to the Philippines in 2013 after a typhoon struck the country as well as to Nepal in 2015 after an earthquake.

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Most recently, members of UN peacekeeping forces were invited to Israel for a seminar in advanced medical training provided by professionals in Israel’s military and civilian sectors.

As implied by Danon, the UN team will largely be looking to recruit female candidates, who now fill only 10 percent of these positions in UN peacekeeping forces.

The candidates must also fulfill a number of additional criteria, which include having a medical degree and more than five years of experience as well as proficiency in English and French. Specialists with expertise in emergency medicine, trauma treatment, psychiatry and pediatrics will take priority in the selection process.

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News