Colombia: health care in danger - insights series

20-10-2011 FilmRef. V-F-CR-F-01097-2

Four decades of conflict in southern Colombia have made health care a rare commodity on the Rio Caguan, a remote tributary of the Amazon. Villagers must travel 500 kilometres or more by boat to the nearest hospital. Abdi Ismail, an ICRC delegate, explains his work taking mobile health clinics along the river to thousands of villagers who would otherwise be cut off from medical care.


Health care in danger: insights series

All over the world, patients, health-care workers and facilities are at risk when war breaks out, sometimes with terrible and life-threatening consequences. This series of short films presents insights into the reality of delivering health care in today's conflict zones, through the eyes of people who have lived it for themselves – a photojournalist, humanitarian worker, surgeon and patient.

  • Copyright: ICRC
  • Release year: 2011
  • Production locations: Colombia
  • Running time: 4'23 min
  • Languages available: English, French
  • Reference: V-F-CR-F-01097-2