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Oslo workshop: responsibilities of National Societies to deliver safe health care in armed violence

03-12-2012 Event

The ICRC-led Health Care in Danger project is involved in the organization of a number of expert workshops over four years that will examine how to improve security and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies are directly concerned by violence against health care, which is a major humanitarian issue. In some cases their health-care staff, facilities and patients can be at risk or directly affected by this violence. At the same time, they can actively help to improve safe access to health care and raise awareness about this issue.

Event Info

Oslo. 'The problem is not the lack of norms. The problem is the lack of implementation and lack of respect,' said Espen Barth Eide, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who opened the workshop.

Where: Oslo, Norway

When: 03.12.2012 - 05.12.2012

Organizers

 

  

Participants 

The participants are mainly experts in disaster preparedness, health or international humanitarian law working for RCRC National Societies or Health Ministries coming from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Bahrain, Colombia, Guatemala, Canada, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Norway as well as specialists from ICRC.

Objectives

  • develop a shared and comprehensive understanding of the concrete safety and security challenges faced by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in providing and delivering health care in armed conflict and other emergencies;
  • identify measures National Societies can take to ensure that their health-care personnel can gain safe access to victims in need of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies, and to determine how other stakeholders, including public authorities, armed and security forces, any other actors involved in the violence as well as other components of the Movement, can contribute to addressing and resolving this issue;
  • decide on ways of fostering the integration and implementation of such measures in contexts where the National Societies work.

The panel  discussions will focus on:

  • The challenges National Societies face in ensuring safe access to health care
  • The role of National Societies in the safe delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies
  • Measures to increase National Society acceptance, access and operational security
  • The role of National Societies in strengthening protection of the sick and wounded.

 

For more information about this event, please contact:

Ida Gjerdrum Haugen, Norwegian Red Cross Oslo, tel: +47 2205 4482, tel. +47 40212287, e-mail: Ida Haugen
Olga Miltcheva, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2090 or + 41 79 218 75 43, e-mail: Olga Miltcheva


Photos

Oslo. 'The problem is not the lack of norms. The problem is the lack of implementation and lack of respect,' said Espen Barth Eide, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who opened the workshop. 

Oslo. "The problem is not the lack of norms. The problem is the lack of implementation and lack of respect," said Espen Barth Eide, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who opened the workshop.
© ICRC / O. Miltcheva

Oslo. A health manager from the Sudanese Red Crescent shares her experience of providing health care in difficult situations. Most of the participants were health practictioners who have themselves been in high-risk situations while providing health care; some of them had even been wounded or kidnapped while on duty. 

Oslo. A health manager from the Sudanese Red Crescent shares her experience of providing health care in difficult situations. Most of the participants were health practictioners who have themselves been in high-risk situations while providing health care; some of them had even been wounded or kidnapped while on duty.
© ICRC / O. Miltcheva