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Statement of the Confederation of European ORL-HNS on War in Ukraine


The Confederation condemns the act of war and attack on Ukraine by Russian troops. As a non-political, scientific and educational umbrella organization of all Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Societies in Europe aiming to create a single voice, we stand united against this war causing loss of precious human life and creating a humanitarian crisis.

We express our deepest sympathy and support to our Ukrainian members by heart and all other members who reject this nonsense act of aggression. We believe that none of our members as medical specialists would support a war and its collateral damage to human beings and in this tragic situation to the wellbeing of Ukrainian people and our colleagues there. We urge an immediate ceasefire to stop further casualties and the region receive the support and resources they need for providing humanitarian or medical assistance to those in need.

Even though the resources of the Confederation and the practical support we can deliver is limited, we are ready to provide whatever help and assistance we can to our fellow colleagues in Ukraine in the short and long term to rebuild their capacity. Furthermore, for all our members and individuals who would like to contribute to the relief efforts in the region, the Confederation requests you to donate to international humanitarian organizations listed below, who already have direct access to civilians and refugees requiring imminent help.

While we observe the ongoing violence and destruction with utmost concern and sadness, we are hoping for peaceful days to come as soon as possible, so that we can truly enjoy the benefits of our perfectly working collegial harmony in Europe. In that sense and due to the current circumstances, even if the Confederation can no longer undertake activities within Russia and Belarus till the peace is reestablished, our colleagues from those countries, whom we are confident that they individually also seek for peace are furthermore welcome to our international activities.

On behalf of the Presidential Council of the Confederation of European ORL-HNS

Cem Meço, MD                                                                                     Jan Plzák, MD
President of the CEORL-HNS                     General Secretary of the CEORL-HNS