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 ICRC has been deploying mobile health units (MHUs) in certain operational contexts. MHUs form part of a strategy involving the provision of occasional ambulatory health services. This strategy is often used in order to reach isolated population groups.
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.