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Ottawa workshop: Ensuring the safety of health facilities

23-09-2013 Event

How do you keep a hospital safe in a war zone? How do you ensure that patients are able to reach hospital, that medics can manage in a stressful environment and that there is a sufficient supply of medical material, water and electricity? These are some of the questions that experts will discuss in Ottawa this week in the context of the Health Care in Danger project.

Event Info

Where: Ottawa, Canada

When: 24.09.2013 - 27.09.2013

Organizers



Participants

The Ottawa workshop will bring together approximately fifty experts from a number of different countries and disciplines. The participants will be predominantly from civil society, but will also include a few military experts.

Objective

To formulate concrete recommendations on measures that can be taken to help ensure the physical safety of health-care facilities during armed conflict or other emergencies.

Discussions will focus on the following themes:

  • Ensuring the functioning of health facilities during armed conflict and other emergencies
  • Managing stress and human resources
  • Physical security of medical infrastructures
  • Creating temporary safe solutions

For more information about this event, please contact:

Robert Young, ICRC Canada +1 613 854 7262, ryoung@icrc.org
Olga Miltcheva, ICRC Geneva, +41 22 730 2090, omiltcheva@icrc.org


Photos

Libya, 2011. Surgeons operating in the intensive care unit of the hospital because the operating theatre is inadequate for the purpose. 

Libya, 2011. Surgeons operating in the intensive care unit of the hospital because the operating theatre is inadequate for the purpose.
© ICRC / André Liohn

Central African Republic, 2012. An irregular and unreliable supply of medicines is the reason for the bare shelves behind this hospital pharmacist. 

Central African Republic, 2012. An irregular and unreliable supply of medicines is the reason for the bare shelves behind this hospital pharmacist.
© ICRC / Christopher Herby / v-p-cf-e-00687

Syria, 2013. The main hospital in Aleppo, after a bombing raid.  

Syria, 2013. The main hospital in Aleppo, after a bombing raid.
© ICRC / Ricardo Garcia Vilanova