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Health Care in Danger

Violence against health care workers and facilities in conflict zones is a grave yet often unnoticed humanitarian issue today and is becoming increasingly common. It is not for nurses or doctors to decide who to treat, but rather it is our duty to offer services to all those in need.  Protecting health workers in doing their job is of foundational importance and is a key step in rebuilding trust and recovering from the dreadful consequences of violent conflict.

ICN commends and supports the ICRC Health Care in Danger project and the four year commitment to “safeguard the delivery of effective and impartial health care in armed conflict and other situations of violence.”According to ICRC research carried out in 16 countries across the globe, millions could be spared if the delivery of health care were more widely respected. "The most shocking finding is that people die in large numbers not because they are direct victims of a roadside bomb or a shooting," research leaders Dr Robin Coupland said. "They die because the ambulance does not get there in time, because health-care personnel are prevented from doing their work, because hospitals are themselves targets of attacks or simply because the environment is too dangerous for effective health care to be delivered."

For more information please see:

Millions affected by violence against health-care personnel and facilities

Health Care in Danger project page

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2011 13:44