Violence against patients and health-care workers is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues today. The Health Care in Danger project is a Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement initiative aiming to improve security and delivery of impartial and efficient health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.
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Access to an already stressed health-care system in Syria is deteriorating further. Although we were recently able to deliver medical supplies to certain regions, the ICRC is calling on parties to the conflict to respect medical staff and facilities. Avril Patterson, our health coordinator in Syria, describes the harsh reality Syrians are facing.Read more
On 30 June, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) signed the 'Geneva Call's' Deed of Commitment for the Protection of Children, which aims to reduce the effects of armed conflict on children, in particular the recruitment and use of children in hostilities.Read more
The Burundi Red Cross and the ICRC have been working together to treat people injured in the violence surrounding upcoming elections. Mobile first aid teams were set up across the capital and have taken nearly 600 people to hospital since the end of April. We take a look back over the past few intense weeks with some first-hand accounts.Read more
The World Medical Association, the International Committee of Military Medicine, the International Council of Nurses, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation, representing more than 30 million people from both the military and civilian realms, have adopted the "Ethical Principles of Health Care in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies.Read more
After a two-year long consultation process with 36 armed groups, the ICRC – as part of the Health Care in Danger initiative – has produced a publication addressing armed groups, calling on them to strengthen their commitment to protect health care.Read more
On 30 June 2015, the Humanitarium at ICRC headquarters in Geneva hosted a public livestreamed conference to mark the launch of a first-of-its-kind code of ethics, The Ethical principles of health care in times of armed conflict and other emergencies. A panel discussion brought together the authors and signatories of this common core document on ethics.Read more