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Health care in danger: making the case Brochure - August 3, 2015

By ICRC (Author)

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This publication draws attention to one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today: violence against health care. Attacking health-care structures and personnel, and ambulances – as well as deliberately obstructing the efforts of the wounded to find help – are common features of conflicts throughout the world. The ICRC has been documenting violence against health-care facilities and personnel, and against patients. The number of incidents that have been recorded is striking. But… More
This publication draws attention to one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today: violence against health care. Attacking health-care structures and personnel, and ambulances – as well as deliberately obstructing the efforts of the wounded to find help – are common features of conflicts throughout the world. The ICRC has been documenting violence against health-care facilities and personnel, and against patients. The number of incidents that have been recorded is striking. But statistics represent only the tip of the iceberg: they do not capture the compounded cost of violence – health-care staff leaving their posts, hospitals running out of supplies and vaccination campaigns coming to a halt. These knock-on effects dramatically limit access to health care for entire communities, many of whose members may be suffering from chronic or war-related health problems. Deliberate attacks on health-care facilities and personnel, and on patients and medical vehicles virtually always violate international law. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is running a major campaign wto raise awareness of this pressing issue, and mobilizing a community of concern.  This global initiative aims at making a crucial difference for people affected on the ground. Less

Published : 2011