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The picture below shows a larger view of both sides of this Unused French Defense Military Health Service Advertising Premium Key Chain. It is not dated and the year that it was made is unknown. It is made of a silver colored metal. The keychain fob has the insignia for the French Defence Health Service and it is marked on the two sides as follows:

SERVICE DE SANTE DES ARMEES
S.I.R.P.A.
HOTEL DES INVALIDES
PICHARD SAUMUR

To judge the sizes the key chain fob measures 1-3/8'' wide. It appears to be in near mint unused condition as pictured. Below here, for reference, is some additional information:

French Defence Health service
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Service de santé des armées

Country: France
Allegiance: Armée française
Commanders: Current Commander: Médecin général des armées Jean-Marc Debonne

The French Defence Health Service (Service de santé des armées or SSA) is responsible for medical and sanitary support of the French military and of all institutions placed under the authority of the French Ministry of Defence. It is a joint service, and its central administration (direction centrale du service de santé des armées, DCSSA)is under the direct control of the Chief of the defence staff (chef d'état-major des armées (CEMA)).

Its significant presence on French territory ensures adequate support for French operations in overseas theatres. It provides hospital care services, administers medicals for military personnel, and gives expertise in disease prevention, and medical, dental, pharmaceutical, paramedical and veterinary research and education.

Physicians and chemists receive initial training in Bordeaux and Lyon. Then, they are sent to the Val de Grâce Hospital in Paris for applied training. Dentists and vets are recruited in the civilian labour market. The service also includes administrative and technical officers (OCTASSA), nurses (males and females) and paramedical staff.

History
The health services of the French army and navy were set up by Louis XIV with the 17 January 1708 edict which established royal doctors and surgeons offices. During The French Revolution (1789 - 1799) and the Napoleonic Empire (1804 - 1814), changes were required due to successive mobilizations. So, military hospitals were set up in religious buildings such as the Val-de-Grâce church in Paris.

In 1882, the French Parliament gave the military health services a degree of independence. Subsequently, eight hospitals, two schools (in Lyon and Bordeaux), as well as research and sanitary supply agencies were gradually acquired. In 1890, the Military Medical Schools at Bordeaux and Lyon opened. Bordeaux educated for the Navy and colonial troops, while Lyon educated for l'Armee de terre and the new Air Force.

In 1962, a central management of the military health services was established. In 1968, all of the military health services (Navy, Air Force, Army, Gendarmerie, etc.) merged to form a single joint Defence Health Service. On July 2, 2011, the School of Army Health (ESA) was established as part of a rationalisation of the armed forces, meaning the closure of Bordeaux, making Lyon the only school of military institution providing the first six years of medical and pharmacist training in the armed forces. The ESA inherits the traditions of both schools.

Notable characters in the history of the French military health services include:

Baron Pierre-François Percy (1754 - 1825), surgeon in chief during the Revolution and the Empire

Dominique Jean Larrey (1766 - 1842), father of emergency medicine

Louis Jacques Bégin (1793 - 1859), surgeon of the First Empire and to the second president of the Academy of Medicine in 1847

Robert Picqué (1877 - 1927), pioneer of medical transport by air

Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1845 - 1922), won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1907 for discovering that malaria is caused by a protozoan

Henri Laborit (1914 - 1995), surgeon, discoverer of neuroleptics, neurobiologist ...

Valérie André, a pioneer in medical evacuation by helicopter during the Indochina War.

Missions
Health support to the armed forces
The primary mission of the SSA is to provide medical support to armed forces personnel. It is responsible for ensuring their suitability for operations, at their application, throughout their careers, and beyond, assessing their physical and mental health. (selection, fitness, immunizations, care, protection, health education etc.).

On operations, the SSA support the sick and wounded from outset until full recovery. It is organized into four levels:

Emergency actions and resuscitation performed by the medical post in combat units

Surgical treatment necessary for survival and prevention of complications in field hospitals

Treatment of the wounded on the scene in a medical-surgical hospital

Evacuation for further treatment to the Army Teaching Hospital in France

Contribution to the national public health system
Army Teaching Hospital
Medical support to out of area operations
The French defence health service is committed to offering optimal health care quality standards in order to preserve the chances of survival and the physical[clarification needed] of the patients. Therefore, it sets up medical and surgical equipment as close to the casualties as possible. Furthermore, it proceeds to early repatriation of injured soldiers to military hospitals in France.

Humanitarian involvement
The humanitarian side of the French Defence Health Service focuses on post disaster emergency relief and medical support to populations stricken by conflicts. Moreover, during out of area operations, though prioritizing medical support to its own forces, it provides medical assistance to local populations.

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