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Health care in danger: The human cost

10-05-2013 Film Ref. AV007A

The law says hospitals, ambulances and health-care workers must be protected and should never be targeted as they carry out their regular duties. This is often far from the reality. Worldwide, the lack of safe access to health care is causing untold suffering to millions of people.

"One of the first victims of war is the health-care system itself." Marco Baldan, War Surgeon, ICRC

Through the voices of doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and patients, this film shows the human cost of violence against health-care workers and facilities. It also highlights how medical, military and humanitarian organisations are coming together to find new approaches and new solutions.


  • Copyright: ICRC
  • Release year: 2013
  • Running time: 14 minutes
  • Languages available: English, French, Spanish, Arabic
  • Price: CHF 2.-
  • Reference: AV007A