Working to protect health care

  • Red Cross Volunteers sensitize the community on health issues in Guinea.
    Red Cross Volunteers sensitize the community on health issues in Guinea.
    Health-care workers contribute to ensure that communities, weapon bearers, authorities and other stakeholders accept and trust them, raising awareness amongst all stakeholders concerned about the importance of keeping health-care personnel, vehicles and facilities safe and working.
    Guinean Red Cross
  • Red Crescent Volunteers retrieve bodies in the streets of Aleppo, Syria.
    Red Crescent Volunteers retrieve bodies in the streets of Aleppo, Syria.
    Health-care workers ensure the proper display of the red cross and red crescent emblems. They seek to make certain that their work is understood and appreciated by communities and all relevant stakeholders
    Syrian Red Crescent / I. Tayyar
  • A teaching hospital supported by ICRC in Juba, South Sudan.
    A teaching hospital supported by ICRC in Juba, South Sudan.
    Health-care workers provide personal care for the wounded and sick and impartial medical treatment, upholding the ethical principles of their profession.
    CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Boris Heger
  • ICRC delegate talking with a war wounded man at a Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    ICRC delegate talking with a war wounded man at a Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    Health-care workers help and humanely care for the wounded and sick.
    CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Roland Sidler
  • Discussing an evacuation operation with the military commanders in Sirte, Libya.
    Discussing an evacuation operation with the military commanders in Sirte, Libya.
    Health care workers play a fundamental role reminding authorities of their duty to grant the wounded and sick access to medical assistance.
    CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Karen Strugg
  • Red Crescent volunteer providing first aid to a wounded policeman in Cairo, Egypt.
    Red Crescent volunteer providing first aid to a wounded policeman in Cairo, Egypt.
    Health care workers provide and advocate for effective and impartial care for the wounded and sick without any adverse distinction.
    Egyptian Red Crescent
  • At an ICRC Orthopaedic Centre for physical rehabilitation of war-wounded and disabled in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    At an ICRC Orthopaedic Centre for physical rehabilitation of war-wounded and disabled in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    Health-care workers share their knowledge, contributing to building the capacity of the health care community working in risk situations and managing the challenges associated with armed conflict or other violence.
    CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Jacob Simkin
  • An ICRC employee and a doctor from the Medical Mission in discussion in Nariño, Colombia.
    An ICRC employee and a doctor from the Medical Mission in discussion in Nariño, Colombia.
    Health-care workers encounter a range of challenges and ethical dilemmas while on duty. Sharing and discussing these situations with colleagues help them find ways to address these concerns.
    CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Christoph Von Toggenburg
  • ICRC delegates provide first aid to a fighter wounded by a bullet in Brega, Lybia.
    ICRC delegates provide first aid to a fighter wounded by a bullet in Brega, Lybia.
    Health-care workers apply the Principles of Medical Ethics equally in times of peace or during armed conflicts or emergencies.
    CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Younes El Shalwi
  • An ICRC doctor takes care of a child girl in Nariño, Colombia.
    An ICRC doctor takes care of a child girl in Nariño, Colombia.
    Health-care workers are committed to ensuring that the dignity of patients is upheld, their information or medical condition is kept confidential, and that valid consent is received before medical procedures are undertaken.
    CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Christoph Von Toggenburg
20 April 2015

Health-care workers strive every day to ensure safe access to health care for people in need, in times of conflict and other emergency situations. They should be protected and respected.

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