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Health care in danger: A harsh reality

Health care in danger: A harsh reality

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Violence, both actual and threatened, against the wounded and the sick, and against health-care facilities and personnel, is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today. This brochure provides a brief overview of the stark reality of violence against health care.
Violence, both actual and threatened, against the wounded and the sick, and against health-care facilities and personnel, is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today. This brochure provides a brief overview of the stark reality of violence against health care.

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Published by: International Committee of the Red Cross on Aug 10, 2011
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HEALTH CARE IN DANGER
A HARSH REALITY
 
V,    ,     k,    ,     m y vk m   y. i   v v  , v  v   mm y   m.cm  v   j y   vv y  v m v my m   y v  .
 
Some attacks on health-care acilities and
personnel, and on medical vehicles and patients,are deliberate. Others are accidental – “collateral
damage” by shelling a health-care acilitythat injures patients and sta, or ambulancesgetting caught in crossre when collectingthe wounded. Both – deliberate attacks andaccidental damage – are oten violations o international law. Health care is also disruptedby the secondary eects o violence, as health-care sta leave their posts, hospitals run out o supplies, and vaccination campaigns come toa halt. Violence can leave entire communitieswithout access to adequate services and canhave a lasting impact on their uture welare.
 
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Combatants who are wounded or sick, andthereore not ghting, cease to be a legitimatetarget o attack. International humanitarian
law provides or their protection against death,
and any orm o urther injury, harassment anddiscrimination, as well as against impedimentsto their timely access to health care. In armedconfict and in other situations o violence,civilians are protected in accordance withinternational law.
Violence against the wounded and the sick 
Military personnel are obliged by international
humanitarian law to actively search or wounded
combatants and civilians ater a battle, and toacilitate their access to medical care. Unor-tunately, this is not being done in many o 
today’s conficts. Furthermore, checkpoints and
roadblocks requently delay patients’ access tohealth-care services. Many victims o confictlanguish in pain as their vehicle waits in line ora checkpoint inspection, or are orced to reachhealth-care acilities on oot because o roadclosures. In situations o violence that do notreach the threshold o armed confict, humanrights law contains similar rules assuring, orthe wounded and the sick, the right o accessto health care.

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Isn't it in the Geneva Convention you can't bomb medical staff. We all need to get together and make some new LAWS for WAR because "the world is like a nightclub at 2:30 in the morning, right now" ~ Collin Quinn

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