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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The ICRC, with the assistance of Australian Red Cross, recently displayed an installation representing a war-damaged ambulance at different public locations across Sydney, Australia's largest city.Read more
The villagers living on the banks of the Rio Caguan in southern Colombia are cut off from basic health care. The ICRC travels 400 kilometres up this remote river, taking doctors and nurses to the aid of people in extreme need.Read more
Security presents a major challenge in Afghanistan for civilians and aid workers. Indiscriminate attacks, military operations affecting civilians and overall instability were on the rise in 2013. Despite the challenges, the ICRC and the Afghan Red Crescent Society strove to reach those in need.Read more
The issue of security for patients and for medical personnel, facilities and vehicles has been addressed in international humanitarian law since the adoption of the original Geneva Convention in 1864. Between 2008 and 2010, the ICRC recorded 655 violent events connected with health care in 16 different parts of the world.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