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.
The European Union, the ICRC and seven national Red Cross societies are carrying out an outdoor campaign between 1 and 22 December to mobilize public opinion on the need to respect health-care providers and facilities in armed-conflict situations.Read more
In December 2013, the ICRC launched a new series of powerful images based on real-life stories, illustrating the idea that it is possible to give the wounded and the sick timely access to health care, even in the midst of violence.Read more
The ICRC together with the Australian Government are hosting an international military practices workshop focused on better protecting impartial health care in armed conflicts and other emergencies.Read more
In Mali, despite a certain political normalization, the armed conflict that has been under way for almost two years makes access to health care difficult for people living in the north. The ICRC is helping them by maintaining its support for certain health facilities.Read more
A new report, entitled "Ambulance and pre-hospital services in risk situations," sets out ways to make pre-hospital care and ambulance services operating in areas of armed violence safer. The report was unveiled today at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent statutory meetings in Sydney, Australia.Read more