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.
Even in situations of armed conflict, in the middle of a war or during a violent upheaval, it is still possible to ensure that the wounded and sick receive timely access to health care. Over the years, the role of the military has often been ambivalent in terms of facilitating access to health care.Read more
World health experts gathered in London at the Royal Society of Medicine in December 2013 responded with alarm to rising attacks on doctors in Syria and elsewhere.Read more
Since clashes erupted in Bangui on 5 December, the population has been seized with fear. The ICRC is calling for the work of medical and humanitarian personnel to be facilitated to enable them to meet the most urgent needs.Read more
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
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