International legislation for protecting the provision of health care during conflict and other emergencies is adequate to its task. What is urgently needed is a determined effort to implement these rules effectively; and that requires strong domestic legal frameworks.
That was the conclusion reached by experts from 25 countries in 2014; the HCiD project had brought them together to discuss how to reinforce domestic legislation, with a view to enhancing protection for people providing or receiving health care.
The measures focus on the following areas:
- Improving legal protection for patients and health personnel and facilities
- Ensuring proper use of the red cross and red crescent emblems
- Safeguarding medical ethics and confidentiality
- Dealing effectively with violations of the rules protecting the provision of health care