Violence against patients and health-care workers is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues today. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement runs a global campaign aiming to improve security and delivery of impartial and efficient health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.
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Saving lives is a risky activity for many health-care workers around the world. They face threats, crossfire and physical attacks on a daily basis. During 2012 and 2013, the ICRC documented 1.809 incidents of assaults or threats against patients, health-care personnel, ambulances and health-care facilities in 23 countries. Experts and authorities from Latin America will meet in Bogota to share experiences and find solutions.Read more
For many injured and sick people in Bangui, access to medical care has become very difficult. Julien Columeau, an ICRC delegate who spent four months in the country, describes the extreme challenges of evacuating people in need of treatment to hospital. In the Central African Republic, as in other conflict zones, reaching hospital safely is a matter of life and death.Read more
"My aim is to serve humanity and help people in urgent need," says Yassin Moter of the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency team in Jabaliya, Gaza.Read more
Receiving safe and effective treatment when we are unwell or injured is vital for our health. Yet in times of war and violence, even getting help for common ailments or chronic conditions, not to say severe wounds, can be impossible. The ICRC has told a House of Commons inquiry more must be done to protect millions left without life-saving help when violence erupts.Read more
Health Care in Danger is an ICRC-led project of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at improving the efficiency and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. Pierre Gentile, the head of the project, speaks about the objectives, challenges and the way forward.Read more