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Healthcare in danger

We need your help to protect medical personnel in armed conflicts.

In wars around the world, ambulances are attacked, hospitals are bombed and health care are workers killed. This has to stop.

Attacks against health care workers have consequences beyond the immediate victims and their families. Read more

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.

  • Tell your friends: download this infographic and share it on social media whenever you hear that a health care worker or facility has been targeted.
  • Subscribe to our How Aid Works and Laws of War podcasts.
  • Download our Red Cross Emblem app and help protect the emblems that protects health care workers
  • Health care professionals, enroll in one of our training courses and learn about your rights and responsibilities.

Latest news

Photo: ICRC

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


More information

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