Access to primary health-care services, in emergencies as in stable conditions, is a priority if related health problems are to be contained. The ICRC frequently takes action in this area. Its response reflects the level of emergency, the potential for escalation, and the involvement of other agencies. Read full overview
The world has a unique chance to eradicate polio. With billions of dollars of support and coordinated efforts by governments and international health organizations, it could be the biggest public health victory since the eradication of smallpox.
In Afghanistan, the arrival of humanitarian organizations in remote areas is sometimes perceived as an intrusion and met with suspicion. In this context, the Afghan Red Crescent Society stresses the principle of neutrality as a vital tool in bringing humanitarian relief.