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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On the occasion of World Health Day, 7 April, the ICRC is issuing a report on "Violent incidents affecting the delivery of health care," based on a large number of recorded cases, to raise awareness of attacks on people seeking or providing health care.Read more
Violence against health-care facilities, including bombing, shooting and looting, is a major humanitarian issue leading to lack of safe access for thousands of patients. The last of the eleven Health Care in Danger workshops will gather renowned experts to discuss how to secure hospitals, health-centres and other premises in areas affected by armed conflict or other emergencies.Read more
The reasons for the closure of rural health centres and clinics in conflict-riven Afghanistan are many and varied. Violations of international humanitarian law are high on the list, with patients delayed or prevented from reaching hospital, medical personnel harassed or kidnapped, and facilities used for purposes other than health care.Read more
"Change requires the input of many," says Pierre Gentile, head of the Health Care in Danger project. The project's most recent newsletter features a variety of articles, news about the project, a field case study and a discussion between health care experts.Read more
Continuing violence in South Sudan has left thousands wounded. Many of them risk death, as the unstable situation stops them getting medical treatment. Since the beginning of the crisis, the ICRC has performed nearly 1,200 operations.Read more