Receiving safe and effective treatment when we are unwell or injured is vital for our health. Yet in times of war and violence, even getting help for common ailments or chronic conditions, not to say severe wounds, can be impossible. The ICRC has told a House of Commons inquiry more must be done to protect millions left without life-saving help when violence erupts.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has been working to raise awareness of the devastating effects of violence on health care for the past three years. We talk to security forces, health workers and armed groups across the world to help ensure that access to health care for all is prioritized and enabled by sensible policies and implementation of laws that protect both doctor and patient.
In June the ICRC submitted evidence to a House of Commons inquiry into global health systems. We cautioned that conflict poses a fundamental obstacle to the safe delivery of care. Yet despite this vulnerability, clear steps can be taken to prevent attacks on health workers, ambulances and hospitals, to increase the resilience of local workers, volunteers and patients, and to hold to account those who deliberately obstruct care. Read more...
Photo: ICRC / C. Lepage / ss-e-00208
Events in the UK and Ireland
14 - 17 September 2014, Madgalene College, Cambridge. The British Red Cross will hold its biennial Summer School on International Humanitarian Law in September 2014. This residential course is aimed at people with a professional interest in the practical application of IHL.