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Health care in danger symposium

19-04-2012 Event

The ICRC's Health Care in Danger project will be involved in the organization of a number of events over four years that will examine how to improve security and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. This symposium will provide the health community and other important stakeholders the opportunity for greater engagement in this global humanitarian issue.

Event Info

Where: BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

When: 23.04.2012

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The ICRC's "Health Care in Danger" project will be involved in the organization of a number of events over four years that will examine how to improve security and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. This symposium will provide the health community and other important stakeholders the opportunity for greater engagement in this global humanitarian issue. 

The objectives of the event are:

  • To raise awareness of the issue of insecurity of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies; 
  • To permit an important section of the health community and other relevant stakeholders to generate recommendations for national and international policymakers.

The symposium will be of interest to:

  • Health-care professionals
  • Medical associations, Royal Colleges and other health-orientated institutions
  • Health-orientated humanitarian non-governmental organizations
  • Military medical personnel
  • Academia / Think-tanks
  • Programme advisers, health specialists, legal advisers and relevant policy officials working within government departments
  • Media
  • International lawyers
  • Human rights organizations
  • National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Three panel discussions will focus on the following questions:

  • What are the responsibilities of the health community to work constructively for greater security of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies? What form does this work take?
  • What action can the health community recommend to governments and inter-governmental organisations with respect to improving security of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies?
  • How do medical ethics apply in armed conflict and other emergencies? How do health professionals working in these contexts manage the dilemmas arising from being a witness to possible violations of international law?

All discussions will be held under the "Chatham House rule."

This symposium is sponsored by the British Medical Association and is free of charge.

Register your interest:

Anyone interested in registering for this symposium should contact BMA Conferences on +44 20 7383 6923  or 6137 or by e-mail at: confunit@bma.org.uk


Photos

This ambulance was hit by a mortar shell. 

This ambulance was hit by a mortar shell.
© ICRC / J. Mohr / il-d-00089
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Iraq. A doctor surveys the rubble left in the Adnan Khairallah. 

Iraq. A doctor surveys the rubble left in the Adnan Khairallah Hospital in Baghdad after it was hit by a missile.
© AFP PHOTO / Karim Sahib

Gunmen pulled over this ambulance to kill a police commander as he was being taken to hospital. 

Gunmen pulled over this ambulance to kill a police commander as he was being taken to hospital.
© Reuters/STR New

Mizdah, Libya. Mizdah hospital was hit with shrapnel wounding several patients who were in their beds. 

Mizdah, Libya. Mizdah hospital was hit with shrapnel wounding several patients who were in their beds.
© Christopher Morris/VII

Yemen, 2011. Ambulances take huge risks during armed conflicts to reach and transport the wounded and can fall victim to stray bullets. 

Yemen, 2011. Ambulances take huge risks during armed conflicts to reach and transport the wounded and can fall victim to stray bullets. Catalina Martin-Chico, winner of the first ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’or photojournalism award. (23rd “Visa pour l’Image” International Photojournalism Festival – September 2011 – Perpignan, France).
© COSMOS / Catalina Martin-Chico
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Somalia. After being attacked, Mohammed Yusuf, director of the Medina Hospital in Mogadishu, is now guarded 24 hours a day. 

Somalia. After being attacked, Mohammed Yusuf, director of the Medina Hospital in Mogadishu, is now guarded 24 hours a day.
© ICRC / André Liohn
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