Health Care in Danger: The Responsibilities of Health-Care Personnel Working in Armed Conflicts and Other Emergencies

Publication date 1 June 2020 Category
  • Conflicts and disasters
  • Acute Health
  • Conflicts and Disasters
  • Emergency
  • Health Systems
Publishing organisation International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

This guide is written in simple language for health personnel, and has been developed to help health-care personnel adapt their working methods when working in armed conflicts and other emergencies. It sets out their rights and responsibilities in conflict and other situations of violence.

The document gives practical guidance on: – The protection of health personnel, the sick and the wounded – Standards of practice – The health needs of particularly vulnerable people – Health records and transmission of medical records – “Imported” health care (including military health care) – Data gathering and health personnel as witnesses to violations of international law – Working with the media