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Health care in danger: From consultation to implementation

02-09-2013 Event

The International Committee of the Red Cross, together with the Conflict and Catastrophes Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Red Cross hosted an expert conference in London on 3 December, 2013.

Event Info

Where: Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

When: 03.12.2013

One of the first casualties of sustained violence and war is the health care system itself. Too often hospitals, ambulances, doctors and nurses find themselves the direct and indirect target of attacks and at a time when their expert assistance is needed more than ever. In response to this critical problem, the ICRC project 'Health Care in Danger', has undertaken expert consultations around the world to highlight steps that can be taken to address the issue.

At an expert conference hosted by the ICRC and the British Red Cross on 3 December 2013 in London, experts and practitioners from the health and humanitarian sectors reflected on practical steps that can be taken to implement recommendations on the ground. Best practices that contribute to the protection of health care when violence erupts were discussed and shared.

VIDEO: Speakers from the conference trace the path from problem to solutions. The film highlights images from the Health Care in Danger public communication campaign that focuses on the right way to deliver safe care amid violence.