NATO Humanitarian Operation in Pakistan

The Czech military aircraft with humanitarian relief supplies and a traumatology team left for Pakistan just four days after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake on 8 October 2005.

The first six-member traumatological team, led by Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Igor Krivosudský, was replaced by a 30-member team of military medical personnel on 1 November 2005.

Doctors and nurses, along with a five-member support team, joined the WINTER RACE NATO-led humanitarian operation following a decision of Czech Defence Minister Karel Kühnl. Czechs served at the Netherlands Field Hospital at the town of Bagh, about 100 km east of Islamabad till 9 January 2006 and the following day the Czech team returned back home.

The team included surgeons, an epidemiologist, ORL and ARO specialists, a pediatrician and a veterinary officer.

NATO launched this operation on 11 October 2005, a day after the Pakistani government asked for help for people hit by the earthquake in the northeastern part of the country. Besides medical and engineer assistance at site, the NATO operated two air bridges, from Germany and Turkey, providing huge humanitarian relief.

Map of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Number of Czech Military Personnel on the Operation: 36


Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Igor Krivosudský

Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Marek Kocvrlich

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The following four pictures were taken by Colonel Dr. Jaroslav Honegr - Bagh

The following pictures were taken by Miroslav Šindelář - Prague