Hard-hitting ICRC film takes top web award

The ICRC film, Health Care in Danger – The Human Cost, has been named this year's Lovie Award winner in the Public Service and Activism category.

Despite the award's romantic title, it's a very distinguished prize, given by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, to honor excellence on the Internet. (The Lovies are actually named after Ada Lovelace, who is credited as being the first programmer and a lasting symbol of innovation and ingenuity.)

The Lovie Awards is the European sister to the world-famous, US-based Webby Awards. Over 2,000 entries from 20 countries were submitted this year and the ICRC is proud to have been chosen as a winner among them.

For the ICRC, receiving the award also signals an important recognition of one of the most important yet overlooked global humanitarian challenges of our time: attacks and threats against medical workers, facilities and vehicles.

At times deeply disturbing, the film shows what the situation is like for the brave doctors, nurses, and ambulance drivers working on the front line of armed conflicts.

Recently, the head of the ICRC's Health Care in Danger project, Pierre Gentile, was in Washington DC to discuss the issue with State Department representatives and members of the Pan American Health Organization, as well as non-governmental organizations and think tanks.

The recognition also follows on the heels of a first-of-its-kind workshop hosted by the ICRC and Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa, where experts discussed ways to make war zone hospitals safer.

Congratulations to our colleagues, who were involved in the production of the film, and thank you to all the icrc_dc Twitter followers who voted for the film, helping it earn a "People's Lovie" recognition as well.


The law says hospitals, ambulances and health-care workers must be protected and should never be targeted as they carry out their regular duties. This is often far from the reality. Worldwide, the lack of safe access to health care is causing untold suffering to millions of people.

Through the voices of doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and patients, this film shows the human cost of violence against health-care workers and facilities. It also highlights how medical, military and humanitarian organisations are coming together to find new approaches and new solutions.

"One of the first victims of war is the health-care system itself." Marco Baldan, War Surgeon, ICRC