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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As part of the Health Care in Danger project, policymakers, academics, medics, weapon bearers and civil society gather to develop practical recommendations to improve safe access to health care. Several expert consultations have taken place since 2012.
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.
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.
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.
Join us for a livestreamed panel discussion at 12:15 - 1:15pm, Tuesday 3 December at London's Royal Society of Medicine on the protection and safety of healthcare workers.
One of the first casualties of sustained violence and war is the health-care system itself. Too often hospitals, ambulances, doctors and nurses find themselves the direct and indirect target of attacks and at a time when their expert assistance is needed more than ever.
How do you keep a hospital safe in a war zone? How do you ensure that patients are able to reach hospital, that medics can manage in a stressful environment and that there is a sufficient supply of medical material, water and electricity? These are some of the questions that experts will discuss in Ottawa this week in the context of the Health Care in Danger project.
The ICRC-led Health Care in Danger project is involved in the organization of a number of expert workshops over four years that will examine how to improve security and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. The workshop in Mexico is the first to deal specifically with reducing the risks and overcoming the challenges faced by medical transport.
Threats to health care in armed conflicts and other emergencies are widespread and affect individuals, families and communities. As part of the ICRC-led Health Care in Danger project, several expert consultations have taken place since 2012. Tehran will host a workshop focusing on the role and responsibilities of National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to deliver safe health care in armed conflict. This will be the second event of its nature following the one held in Oslo in December 2012.
Attacks on and obstruction of health-care facilities and personnel in armed conflicts and other emergencies is a massive humanitarian problem resulting in the denial of health care to millions of people.
The ICRC-led Health Care in Danger project is involved in the organization of a number of expert workshops over four years that will examine how to improve security and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.
Violence against patients and health staff involved in health care is one of the most serious humanitarian issues, even though it has not yet received due attention.
Kidnapped medical workers, murdered doctors, ransacked clinics, vaccinations denied to tens of thousands of children – vivid examples of health care interrupted by armed violence that galvanized a London meeting of health experts and humanitarian professionals to consider urgent action.