Oslo workshop: responsibilities of National Societies to deliver safe health care in armed violence
The ICRC-led Health Care in Danger project is involved in the organization of a number of expert workshops over four years that will examine how to improve security and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies are directly concerned by violence against health care, which is a major humanitarian issue. In some cases their health-care staff, facilities and patients can be at risk or directly affected by this violence. At the same time, they can actively help to improve safe access to health care and raise awareness about this issue.
Where: Oslo, Norway
When: 03.12.2012 - 05.12.2012
The participants are mainly experts in disaster preparedness, health or international humanitarian law working for RCRC National Societies or Health Ministries coming from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Bahrain, Colombia, Guatemala, Canada, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Norway as well as specialists from ICRC.
- develop a shared and comprehensive understanding of the concrete safety and security challenges faced by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in providing and delivering health care in armed conflict and other emergencies;
- identify measures National Societies can take to ensure that their health-care personnel can gain safe access to victims in need of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies, and to determine how other stakeholders, including public authorities, armed and security forces, any other actors involved in the violence as well as other components of the Movement, can contribute to addressing and resolving this issue;
- decide on ways of fostering the integration and implementation of such measures in contexts where the National Societies work.
The panel discussions will focus on:
- The challenges National Societies face in ensuring safe access to health care
- The role of National Societies in the safe delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies
- Measures to increase National Society acceptance, access and operational security
- The role of National Societies in strengthening protection of the sick and wounded.
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