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Addressing violence against health care


Red Cross aims to reduce violence against people providing or seeking medical care during armed conflict.

Monday October 31, 2011

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The 'Health Care in Danger' project is shedding light on the increasing violence against health workers, medical facilities and patients in armed conflict.

Violence against people providing or seeking medical care during armed conflict and violent upheavals remains a major humanitarian challenge in the world today.

Concerned by this largely unrecognised humanitarian problem, the International Committee of the Red Cross and national Red Cross and Red Crescent partners launched the Health Care in Danger project globally in August, shedding light on the increasing violence against health workers, medical facilities and patients in armed conflict and other situations of violence. The project aims to address acts that obstruct the delivery of health care, ensure safe access and strengthen protection of the sick and wounded.

To address this significant and complex humanitarian issue, the International Committee of the Red Cross, The University of Queensland and Australian Red Cross will host a national conference on the protection of health care in armed conflict on 3 November 2011, to address:

  • the causes and consequences of attacks on health care personnel and facilities;
  • the legal protections applicable;
  • political, military, medical and humanitarian approaches to this problem; and
  • the role Australia and Australians can play.

 

The conference will bring together participants from government, the military, academia, the health professional fields, the media, non-governmental organisations and affected communities.

Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, will open the conference and will be joined by Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood, FRACS, AM in outlining the importance of the issue to Australia. ICRC's Geneva - based Health Care in Danger head, Paul-Henri Arni, will provide an overview of the four - year campaign and SBS Dateline's Yalda Hakim will convene a panel that includes perspectives from Defence, Médecins Sans Frontières and affected communities.

What: Protecting Health Care in Armed Conflict national conference

When: Thursday 03 November 2011, 08.30 am - 17.00 pm (including refreshments)

Where: ES Meyers Lecture Theatre
Level 2, Mayne Medical School
University of Queensland School of Population Health
Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane

For more information phone Kim Batchelor, Australian Red Cross on 0457 542 113 or Marlene McKendry, University of Queensland on 0401 996 847.

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