Health care in danger: From consultation to implementation
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), together with the Conflict and Catastrophes Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and the British Red Cross will host an expert conference in London on 3 December, 2013.
Where: Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
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 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) project 'Health Care in Danger', has undertaken expert consultations around the world to highlight steps that can be taken to address the issue.
In this film, Dr Bruce Eschaya-Chauvin, medical adviser to the project, explains how discussions with experts in the UK and worldwide are playing a part in devising ways to make health care delivery safer.
At this expert conference hosted by the ICRC, Royal Society of Medicine and the British Red Cross, experts and practitioners from the health and humanitarian sectors will reflect on practical steps that can be taken to implement recommendations on the ground. In addition best practices will be highlighted and shared, that contribute to the protection of healthcare when violence erupts.
Presentations at this event will be on the record, however discussion will take place under the Chatham House rule.
NB: We welcome attendance by those with experience of working as a health-care professional in conflict affected and fragile environments, as well as those who specialize in emergency health care and public health in emergencies. If you have any questions about this conference, please get in touch with Sarah Cotton.
This conference is CPD accredited.
This expert meeting will be followed by a shorter event on Wednesday 4 December in the evening, in which Dr Bruce Eschaya-Chauvin, ICRC medical advisor, will present the problem and how the project aims to tackle it, attempting to provide an overview of the consequences of violence against health care for medical students, trainees, humanitarian workers, and others concerned with finding a solution to this grave and urgent problem.