Kyrgyzstan: Three voices demand respect for endangered health services

28-06-2013 Feature

Attacks on health services during conflict and violence are among the most serious challenges to humanitarian endeavour. Violence against health workers, health facilities, ambulances, the sick and the wounded is all too often ignored. The ICRC delegation in Kyrgyzstan invited respected Kyrgyz personalities to explain why they are supporting the ICRC initiative.

In November 2011, Kyrgyzstan joined in passing a resolution at the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent aimed at boosting respect and protection for health services through the worldwide "Health Care in Danger" campaign.


  • Roza Otunbayeva, former president of Kyrgyzstan and creator of the foundation that bears her name;
  • Dr Sabyrbek Jumabekov, former minister of health, who now heads a centre for traumatology and orthopaedics research;
  • Orzubek Nazarov, former world lightweight boxing champion.