International assistance for victims of use of nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical weapons: time for a reality check?

At an international level, there are no plans for assisting the victims of a nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical (NRBC) event which are both adequate and safe. This article examines the challenges posed to humanitarian organisations in developing and deploying any capacity to assist victims of an NRBC event, including in terms of the health and security of their personnel bringing this assistance.

About the authors

Dominique Loye
Deputy Head

Dominique Loye is Deputy Head and Technical Adviser of the Arms Unit in the Legal Division of the ICRC.


Robin Coupland
ICRC’s Medical Adviser with respect to the impact of weapons and violence

Robin Coupland was formerly a field surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is now the ICRC’s Medical Adviser with respect to the impact of weapons and violence.