Stuff I read - Blog to highlight attacks on medics during conflicts

Stuff I read - Evacuating a patient in Ras Lanuf, Libya, 03/29/11 - © ICRC/LIOHN, André

Stuff I read - Evacuating a patient in Ras Lanuf, Libya, 03/29/11 - © ICRC/LIOHN, André

Alertnet reports that the International Health Protection Initiative (IHPI) is starting an new blog that will allow witnesses of attacks on the medical mission in conflict areas to report incidents. 

As an independent organization, the ICRC would not contribute to this platform but the idea is nonetheless interesting, given the scale of the problem.

In 2008, we launched a study to look at how violence affects the delivery of health care in 16 countries where we are operational. The information we collected painted a bleak picture, with widesrpread attacks on patients, healthcare workers and facilities. It resulted in Health care in danger, a major ICRC initiative launched earlier this year.

Last week, the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent adopted a resolution aiming to safeguard the delivery of healthcare in situations of armed conflict and internal disturbances over the next four years.