The HCiD online community brings together organizations and individuals who are advocating an end to violence against patients, nurses and doctors and who want to make the provision of health care safer during armed conflict and in peacetime.
Working collectively under this umbrella will only increase our impact. Together, we can make our message heard more widely: everyone who is wounded or sick is entitled to safe and prompt access to health care, and those who provide such care must be able to do so without any risk to their safety. Please spread the word about this community and invite others to join.
Why is violence against health-care personnel and facilities a humanitarian issue of critical concern?
Health-care services are needed most when fighting breaks out, when a state of emergency is declared or when security conditions are uncertain. But it is also at these times that they are most vulnerable to violence: doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and paramedics, hospitals and health centres, and even the wounded and the sick, are all at risk of attack.
Violence of this kind can disrupt the health-care system when combatants and civilians are most in need; many preventable deaths occur because people are blocked from receiving timely medical attention. Entire communities are cut off from vital services: maternity care, child care and vaccinations. The disruptive effects of violence can be so severe as to cause the entire system to collapse.
For all these reasons, violence against health-care workers, facilities and vehicles is a humanitarian issue with consequences that are widespread and long-term. We need to address it together.
What is Health Care in Danger?
The HCiD project is an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing the issue of violence against patients, health-care workers, facilities and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. For more information, please visit the HCiD website and join our call to #ProtectHealthCare on Twitter with @HCIDproject.
The ICRC and others maintaining this community are not responsible for the material posted by members, whether organizations or individuals.