Why protect health care?
A basic rule of war is that doctors and nurses, ambulances and hospitals are protected from attack. Whether civilian or military, they must be left free to treat anyone who needs care. Resources and information for health care professionals
When this rule is not respected, people die needlessly. Entire communities are cut off from vital services such as maternity care, child care and vaccinations.
What can I do?
It's simple: spread the word. Every nation, every community needs to protect its health workers, in conflict and in peace.
12 December 2016 11 international organisations call on parties to conflict to respect the medical mission
4 November 2015 Joint statement: Stop the violence; protect health care
12 October 2015 Kunduz bombing is an attack on humanitarian action
5 Oct 2015 ICRC deplores bombing of hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan
16 July 2015 South Sudan: Patients die after fighting forces medical staff to evacuate
25 June 2015 Violence against health care workers a further act of harm
Health Care in Danger: A special edition of our IHL Magazine (pdf)
IHL training courses for health care workers
Resources and information for health care professionals