Violence against health care must end

 

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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Towards a solution : The Health Care in Danger project

Health Care in Danger is an ICRC-led project of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement scheduled to run from 2012 to 2017 and aimed at improving the efficiency and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. This will be done by mobilizing experts to develop practical measures that can be implemented in the field by decision-makers, humanitarian organizations and health professionals.

Health Care in Danger Report: The untold suffering

This report is based on 2,398 incidents of violence against health care. The data on those incidents were collected in 11 countries between 2012 and 2014 and analysed by the ICRC.

  • Health Care in Danger - violent incidents affecting the delivery of health care (January 2012 to December 2014)

    This report is based on 2,398 incidents of violence against health care. The data on those incidents were collected from various sources in 11 countries between January 2012 and December 2014 and analysed by the ICRC.

  • Domestic Normative Frameworks for the Protection of Health Care

    This publication presents a number of recommendations for States – legislative measures and procedures in particular – to help them implement those aspects of international law that protect the provision of health care during conflicts and other emergencies.

  • New e-learning on health care responsibilities in times of conflict

    The module introduces health-care personnel to the principles underpinning ethical considerations when working in conflict situations and other emergencies. Using an engaging multimedia interface, the module presents various dilemmas that medical personnel face every day.

  • Health care and violence: The need for effective protection

    Position paper prepared on occasion of the high level panel debate on “Health Care and violence:the need for effective protection ” at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. New Yor k, 25 September 2014.

  • ICRC report on military operations and health care

    This report compiles a set of practical measures to be adopted when planning and conducting military operations with a view to avoiding the negative impact of such operations on the delivery of health care in armed conflict.

  • New e-learning module on health-care legal protection in war

    Are you wondering what State obligations are during armed conflict? Are you a health-care worker curious about your rights and responsibilities in such situations? Are you an academic eager to use interactive learning tools, or a policy-maker or humanitarian worker? Then the new e-learning module called “The legal framework” is what you are looking for.

  • Violence against health care: The problem and the law

    Patients and health-care personnel alike face extraordinary risks in today’s armed conflicts and other emergencies. This issue of the International Review focuses on patterns of attacks against health care, based on results from health-related data collection and field studies. It also outlines the legal and ethical frameworks applicable to the provision of health care.

  • World Health Day: Attacks on patients and health personnel continue

    On the occasion of World Health Day, 7 April, the ICRC is issuing a report on "Violent incidents affecting the delivery of health care," based on a large number of recorded cases, to raise awareness of attacks on people seeking or providing health care.

  • Health Care in Danger: An overview by the head of project

    Health Care in Danger is an ICRC-led project of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at improving the efficiency and delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. Pierre Gentile, the head of the project, speaks about the objectives, challenges and the way forward.

  • New report shows way forward for ambulances at risk

    A new report, entitled "Ambulance and pre-hospital services in risk situations," sets out ways to make pre-hospital care and ambulance services operating in areas of armed violence safer. The report was unveiled today at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent statutory meetings in Sydney, Australia.

  • Health Care in Danger: An issue for our times

    PHOTO EXHIBITION - Placed for a month along the lake of Geneva, 94 powerful photographs portray both the impact of violence directed against medical personnel, facilities and vehicles and the struggle to provide medical care during war. They are taken mainly from the archives of ICRC and Getty Images and span three centuries.

  • Health care in danger at the 31st International Conference

    With some 3,700 participants from over 180 countries, the aim was to pass a resolution to promote respect and protection of health care – a milestone in a 4-year process towards development of solutions to address this global problem.

  • Health care in danger: questions and answers

    The Health Care in Danger campaign is an ICRC-led, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement-wide initiative that aims to address the widespread and severe impact of illegal and sometimes violent acts that obstruct the delivery of health care, damage or destroy facilities and vehicles, and injure or kill health-care workers and patients, in armed conflicts and other emergencies.

  • Health Care in Danger expert consultations, seminars and other high level meetings

    As part of the Health Care in Danger project, policymakers, academics, medics, weapon bearers and civil society gather to develop practical recommendations to improve safe access to health care. Several expert consultations have taken place since 2012.

  • Three Ivorian singing stars team up to stop violence against health care

    Côte d'Ivoire: three star singers have launched a video clip for the song "C'est une question de vie et de mort," which targets those who can facilitate – or prevent – the vital work of first aiders in situations of violence.

  • Yemen conference: right to health care must be respected

    Daniel MacSweeney, the ICRC’s protection coordinator in Yemen, explains why the Health Care in Danger conference held in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a on 16 December is a vital step in ensuring greater respect for the protection of people’s right to health care in a country where armed conflict and other situations of violence are widespread.