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Mexico workshop: Ambulance and pre-hospital care in risk situations

21-05-2013 Event

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. The workshop in Mexico is the first to deal specifically with reducing the risks and overcoming the challenges faced by medical transport.

Event Info

A Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance is blocked at a checkpoint in Hebron.

Where: Toluca, Mexico

When: 21.05.2013 - 23.05.2013


International Committee of the Red Cross
Mexican Red Cross


The workshop in Toluca, Mexico brings together 45 experts from 21 countries, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel and the occupied territories, China, Canada, Norway and Lebanon.

The participants are essentially members of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, as well as public and private providers of ambulance services.


During the workshop experts will discuss how to improve the safety of ambulance services and pre-hospital care, focusing more specifically on:

  • safe access for ambulances in situations of risk
  • coordination of pre-hospital care systems and ambulance services, as an overall response during a disaster or humanitarian crisis
  • legal initiatives to establish protective mechanisms for health care, in particular for ambulance services
  • psycho-social support for medical transport and pre-hospital care staff
  • training volunteers in pre-hospital care and ambulance systems exposed to armed conflict or other violent situations


For more information about this event, please contact:

Alexis Heeb, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 37 72 or +41 79 218 76 10
Olga Miltcheva, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2090 or + 41 79 218 75 43