Seventeen countries around the world are recognized by WHO as Type 1 qualified foreign medical teams that can deploy to other countries and aid in medical disaster relief, but the IDF’s field hospital is the only Type 3 team, which provides inpatient referral surgical care.

Despite ongoing security threats and regional instability, Israelis can expect to live well into their 80s, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly released global report on life expectancy.