14 November 2019 13:00 - 30 January 2020 23:00

Not a Target: EU - ICRC campaign in Hungary

About the event

For a period of eleven weeks, from 14 November 2019 to 30 January 2020, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), supported by the European Union (EU) and in collaboration with the Hungarian Red Cross (HRC) will be broadcasting a short film on the risks to health-care #NotATarget in ZRT cinemas in Budapest. The film screening is part of the 'Health-Care in Danger' campaign, aimed at raising awareness about the all too often existent dangers of providing healthcare outside the EU.


With this short film #NotATarget the European Union, the ICRC and the Hungarian Red Cross want to address the widespread and severe impact of illegal and often violent acts that obstruct the delivery of health care, damage or destroy facilities and vehicles, and injure or kill health-care workers and patients. Based on humanitarian operational experience and different studies done on the subject, the ICRC and the EU believe that the lack of safe access to health care in conflict or other emergencies is affecting millions of people. Yet, the significance of this issue is not fully appreciated. For the ICRC health care includes hospitals, clinics, first-aid posts and ambulances.

For this video the analogy of a football game was used to illustrate that like in popular sports, even wars have rules and limits. What is not allowed here in Europe, should also not be allowed 'there' where armed conflicts occur. In the field, the effect of just one violent incident directed against medical personnel or facilities may be felt by hundreds or even thousands of people. A single act of violence that damages a hospital or kills health-care workers has a knock-on effect, depriving many patients of treatment they would have otherwise received from the facility or workers in question.
The 'Health-Care in Danger' campaign seeks to understand the complexity of the issue with the aim of raising awareness and increasing the knowledge of relevant institutions worldwide as well as informing the general public about this critical humanitarian problem. Recognizing the complexity of the issues at hand, key stakeholders notably at the EU level were mobilized to find practical solutions within their own spheres of responsibility. The outcomes of these consultations, recommendations and practical measures are being used as a basis to produce technical tools for the different target audiences. The European Union, the Hungarian Red Cross and the ICRC believe that mobilizing the European public opinion could have also an impact in the countries where the issue is of immediate operational concern




Date & Time

14 November 2019 13:00 - 30 January 2020 23:00

Venue address

ZRT cinemas in Budapest