Experts gather to take practical steps to protect health care in conflict
Doctors, humanitarian organizations and military medics gathered at a one-day meeting in London on Tuesday 3 December to discuss practical ways to protect health workers and facilities in conflict and emergency. The meeting was hosted by the ICRC, the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Red Cross.
Attacks on healthcare are an unacknowledged humanitarian crisis, which affects hundreds of thousands each year in the world’s conflict zones because doctors have fled, hospitals have been damaged or ambulances have been targeted by hostile fire.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has highlighted the persistence of violence against healthcare in its Health Care in Danger project, a four-year initiative to agree practical steps to prevent attacks, protect healthcare workers and improve the safety of clinics, hospitals and dispensaries.
Closing the conference, President of the World Medical Association Dr Margaret Mungherera remarked that "the bottom line is it's about the right to health."
Pictured: Dr Margaret Mungherera, President of the World Medical Association. Image © ICRC / Alex Rumford