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.
Lack of impartiality in health-care provision can be a major issue in conflicts and other emergencies. In some cases, weapon bearers seek to deny treatment to their wounded enemies or put pressure on health-care workers forcing them to act against medical ethics. Medical personnel themselves can act with a lack of impartiality while caring for the wounded and sick from a different ethnic group or political standpoint.
Online discussion that took place on 21 January 2013. In the context of the Health Care in Danger campaign and on the occasion of the launch of a unique guide for health-care workers, three experts respond to questions on the responsibilities of medical staff in armed conflict or other emergencies.
Growing evidence shows a lack of respect for the health-care delivery system during situations of armed violence. This increased vulnerability has led to a shocking human cost. Maïté Pahud is an ICRC nurse who has worked in conflict zones for 25 years. This article written by Ms Pahud first appeared in the International Nursing Review on 2 March 2012.
Mr Mohammad-Shahabeddin Mohammadi-Araghi, international humanitarian law (IHL) expert and Under Secretary General of the Iranian Red Crescent, was recently released after being kidnapped while on duty in Libya with six other members of his team.