Improving access to health care: why engaging armed groups is necessary

Kaga Bandoro Region, Dékoa. First aid training session for weapon bearers. CC BY-NC-ND /CICR / Barthelemy Saoure / v-p-cf-e-00964

How to ensure populations living in areas controlled by armed groups have access to health care? What are the factors influencing armed groups' behavior towards the provision of health care? Considering the number of people potentially affected, and if we aim at increasing global health access, is engaging armed groups on access to health care really a choice or rather a humanitarian necessity?

The Norwegian Red Cross, the ICRC and the Chatham House present their respective observations, based on studies on access to health care and armed groups, during a panel debate hosted by the Norwegian Red Cross on 26 June in Oslo.


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